Its a role reversal,albeit a forced one,for the Congress leaders like Deepa Dasmunsi and Nirbed Roy who were bitterly opposed to an alliance with the Trinamool not so long ago,but now have to swallow the bitter pill to campaign for Mamata Banerjees party.
On Wednesday,the Congress leaders and workers passed a resolution to take to streets to campaign for Banerjee whether or not the Trinamool officially invites them.
The move,Congress leaders said,is in line with their aim to form a Congress-led government at the Centre and to wipe out CPM from the state. The decision was taken at a workers conference that the Congress organised at Ashutosh Memorial Hall in South Kolkata.
Though Dasmunsi was not there at the meet,she told The Indian Express,We will do whatever Congress chief Sonia Gandhi tells us to do.
However,Roy,the president of South Kolkata district Congress committee,was more categorical about his role reversal. After delimitation,the Trinamool chief needs the help of the Congress. However,regrettably we are not invited officially by the Trinamool in campaigns. Yet,to oust the CPM,we need to take to the streets,whether Trinamool invites us or not, Roy said. Not long ago,Roy and Dasmunsi had led a procession to oppose the Congress alliance with the Trinamool.
On Wednesday,Congress workers and leaders said though Trinamool leaders were not inviting them in rallies and street meetings of Banerjee,they wanted to add their mite. It hurts our prestige if they do not call us. We want an alliance to oust the CPM. There should be more coordination among Trinamool and Congress workers in booths, said Swapan Roychoudhury,a Congress worker from ward number 83.
Leaders at the conference also stressed on the fact that the party workers primary objective is to defeat CPM candidate Robin Deb in Kolkata South. We should remember that our task is to defeat Robin Deb. If that works for the Trinamool candidate as well,we will do it, Roy said.
We should sacrifice for the greater national good. Ours is a national party and we should think on a national perspective. We should forget our mutual differences and work together with the Trinamool, said Atanu Mukherjee,a senior Congress leader from south Kolkata.