Sikha Mitra,dissident Trinamool Congress MLA and wife of party MP Somen Mitra,today lashed out at the ruling party again,saying incidents like the Kamduni rape-murder had tarnished the image of the state. She also expressed her support for the women of the village in Barasat who took out rallies to protest against the crime.
I dont care about anybody. The Constitution has guaranteed me the freedom to speak my mind and I will utilise it. People are talking a lot but nothing worthwhile is being done. Sometimes I hide my face after I see the things happening around me, the MLA from Sealdah said.
She was speaking at a function organised by the Bidhan Chandra Roy Memorial Trust to observe the death anniversary of the second chief minister of West Bengal. Her husband Somen Mitra,Trinamool MP from Diamond Harbour,also attended the event at the PCC office at Bidhan Bhavan.
It was on the same day last year that Sikha fired her first salvo at her party,criticising its alleged failure on various fronts. A defamation case was filed by Commerce Minister Partha Chatterjee against her. The case is still on.
A former WBPCC president,Somen dismissed rumours about his leaving the Trinamool. I became an MLA in 1972 and in my entire political career I never backstabbed anybody. Once I was told by my wife that Mamata Banerjee told some people that I was trying to engineer a split in the party. I told her to call Mamata and check the veracity of the report. I want to tell everybody that if I want to quit,I will tell Mamata first and then quit, Mitra said at the event.
Somen was irked by a news report telecast by a TV channel today which said that he could quit the Trinamool. In politics everything is possible, Somen told the channel.
The MP,who has distanced himself from Mamata,had earlier invited the wrath of the party after he wrote to the Prime Minister and Union Finance Minister last year complaining about chit funds.