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Pradeep plays down Cong leaders’ defection to TMC

Bhattacharya said the walk was to protest the attacks on democracy by the state government.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
December 13, 2013 5:16:11 am

West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president Pradeep Bhattacharya Thursday played down the defection of Congress leaders to the Trinamool Congress and scoffed at reports of Soumitra Khan joining the TMC.

“I had a word with him last night and he ruled out such rumours. Even if he does,we are not worried as Congress is not a party of MLAs and councillors. It is the party of the common people. As long as they are with us,we need not worry.”

Bhattacharya was addressing the press at the Shahid Minar,while inaugurating a photo exhibition displaying the ‘atrocities of the TMC government’.

The exhibition inauguration comes on the eve of the Congress rally that would mark the end of the 13-day walk,Muktir Padajatra,which began in Midnapore.

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Bhattacharya said the walk was to protest the attacks on democracy by the state government. “During the CPM rule,we thought a change will give us the right to contest in elections and vote in peace to the candidates of our choice. But the new government led by junior Hitler Mamata Banerjee has made things worse. This is not what people wanted. We want to send the message across that the Congress is with the victims of the atrocities meted out by the TMC.”

He added that in the gathering Friday,the main demand would be a CBI probe into the Saradha scam.

“We will have to expose the ugly face of the government and prove that the party that claims to be pro-people are not quite so. We will also demand the implementation of the Food Security Bill in the state and if the state government refuses,we will have to resort to a greater movement,the first of which will be Nabanna gherao.”

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