In view of next year’s panchayat polls, CPM state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra on Tuesday made attempts to halt the exodus of party workers to the BJP. Speaking at the 98th foundation day of the party at Pramod Dasgupta Bhawan, Mishra said Trinamool Congress and BJP are two sides of the same coin, and asked the party’s grassroot-level workers to resist them both.
“In West Bengal, BJP cannot be the alternative of TMC government. In fact, both parties are two sides of the same coin,” Mishra said. Referring to workers who have been defecting to BJP, Mishra said there was no better way to commit suicide than to join either Trinamool or BJP.
“If you think you can fight BJP by joining Trinamool Congress or vice-versa, then there is no better way to commit suicide,” he said. Meanwhile, the CPM leader held the state government responsible for the death of sub-inspector Amitava Malik in the Darjeeling Hills, and said such an incident could have been averted if the government had not created unrest in the region.
“Who is responsible for creating unrest in the Hills? What does the government want? It seems the state government does not want to restore peace there, and its poor decision has led to such a situation,” he said.