Keeping a low profile because of the Saradha scam scare, Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy appeared on Thursday to preside over a function to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the party’s foundation.
During the function, which was held at the Trinamool Congress Bhavan, Roy fired salvo at the Centre, saying “an unholy alliance has been formed” that is out to discredit and malign the state government as well as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
He also warned that through CBI, the opposition could not break the morale of the members of his party.
“The entire thing (CBI investigation) is a political conspiracy which has been hatched to discredit the government but we will resist it. It will have no impact in the upcoming civic polls,” Roy said.
After the arrest of two party MPs and of state minister Madan Mitra, Roy had been lying low, avoiding all media glare. During Mamata’s visit to Delhi in the middle of December, Roy could not be seen anywhere near the chief minister, who was largely accompanied by her nephew Abhishek Banerjee.
The chief minister has, meanwhile, convened a meeting of her party’s top functionaries on January 3 to discuss strategy for the civic polls. Elections for Kolkata Municipal Corporation as well that of 14 municipalities are going to be held in 2015 and the meeting has been called to find out ways on how to tackle the BJP which is going to pose a major challenge to the party.
The TMC has also decided to set up a new outfit — Jai Hind Vahini — which will tell the public about the party’s ideals and mount resistance on the opposition parties against “all vilification campaigns”.