In a terse message to dissidents in her party, led by her former right-hand man and party general secretary Mukul Roy, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she would deal with them in such a way that they will not be able to rear their heads within the party in the future.
Mamata’s statement came during a meeting of the Trinamool Congress Legislature Party at the Assembly just before the Governor’s address.
“Those who are members of the party should be loyal to it. We will not tolerate any sabotage or anti-party activities. If needed, we will remove the nails of the tiger, but we will not tolerate traitors. We are soft but at the same time we are also strict. People should remember that,” Mamata said.
Newly elected MP from Bongaon Mamatabala Thakur and MLA from Krishnaganj Satyajit Biswas also attended the meeting.
The MLAs who are close to Roy — including his son and MLA Subhranshu Roy and MLA Shiuli Saha — attended the session but were shunned by most other MLAs. Shilbhadra Dutta and Sabyasachi Dutta, also considered close to Roy, did not attend the session.
Roy, who is in Delhi, said he had not received any communication from Mamata. “The media is concocting so many stories. I have not received any phone call from Didi, nor did I call her myself.”