Trinamool MLA lashes out at ‘politics of sycophancy’ in party

Sikha Mitra,Trinamool MLA from Sealdah,today launched a vitriolic attack against her party’s policy makers,saying she was “pained” at not being “allowed to do anything for the people who elected her”.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 2, 2012 3:31 am

Sikha Mitra,Trinamool MLA from Sealdah,today launched a vitriolic attack against her party’s policy makers,saying she was “pained” at not being “allowed to do anything for the people who elected her”.

She also told a private news channel later that she held Pranab Mukherjee as the fittest person to become the President of India.

On Sunday,Sikha visited the Pradesh Congress office along with her husband Somen Mitra,Trinamool MP from Diamond Harbour,to pay tribute to former Chief Minister Bidhan Chandra Roy. In her speech,which might cause some embarrassment to the CM,Sikha said she would not practise the “politics of sycophancy”.

“After entering direct politics,I feel pain. I sought permission (from the party) to say something but I was not allowed to speak. Will we always keep ourselves busy with infighting?” Sikha asked. “I am responsible to those who elected me. But I feel pain when I see that I am not being able to do anything for them. What is the use of having the seat? I cannot follow the politics of sycophancy.”

Keeping in mind the volatile environment,Sikha’s husband was cautious in his speech,which was mostly about Roy’s school of thought and style of functioning. When asked to comment on his wife’s speech,Somen said: “Those who find controversy are like vultures,which always keep their eyes on the garbage dump. “

Apart from hitting out at the party’s top leaders,Sikha also questioned the style of functioning of the CM without naming her. “When Bidhan Chandra Roy became the Chief Minister,the state was completely shattered. The British rule had just ended at that time. But Roy never spoke about how he would work and who would help us out,” Sikha said in a veiled reference to Mamata,who never misses an opportunity to attack the Congress-led government at the Centre for not granting her longstanding demand for moratorium on loan repayment.

“There is no use in raising questions about funds. People have voted you (Mamata) to power and so you have to deliver. People will not want to know how you work. Nothing will happen if you continue to say that there is no fund,” Sikha said.

Senior Trinamool leaders did not comment on Sikha’s outburst. Railway Minister and Trinamool general secretary Mukul Roy,addressing a programme in the city,only said,“When B C Roy came to power there was no debt burden on the state government. But the Trinamool came to power with a staggering Rs 2.06 crore debt burden.”

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