The factional difference in the Trinamool Congress yet again appeared wide in the open as a group of senior Trinamool trade union leaders boycotted the second state conference of INTTUC that began Saturday in Durgapur. Senior trade union leaders including Sovan Deb Chattopadhyay,Saugata Roy and Subrata Mukherjee were absent from the meeting.
Party insiders said that the leaders boycotted the conference as it has been organised violating the rules of the party union. The constitution of the INTTUC is still underway. It is being drafted. A committee has been formed to draft the constitution. The state conference is supposed to be held after the constitution is ready. However,Dola Sen,INTTUC state president unilaterally took the decision to hold the conference today in Durgapur,spending a huge amount of money, said a senior leader of INTTUC central committee.
Meanwhile,state cabinet ministers,including Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee and Labour Minister Purnendu Basu and Trinamool general secretary Mukul Roy attended the two-day conference. The Durgapur-Asansol industrial hub houses several core industries from the steel and coal sector besides a cluster of small and medium secondary steel units,fertiliser and power sector units. The venue for INTTUCs state conference is Rajiv Gandhi Maidan. More than 70,000 delegates joined the conference and several hotels,schools,private and government houses were booked to accommodate them.
The INTTUC,meanwhile,is yet to get official recognition in both the major core sectors of coal and steel.
When contacted,Sougata Roy,Trinamool MP and trade union leader of the party said,I was invited. But I decided not to go. I am not very much attached with INTTUC. Moreover,I had other works to do.
It is learnt that state Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee,who is a senior trade union leader also skipped the conference citing the doldrum situation over panchayat polls in the state.