Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday asked the state party leadership to continue its alliance with the Left Front in the state while discussing the roadmap for the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee as the main Opposition party in its fight against the ruling Trinamool Congress.
Rahul, who was in the capital, met newly-elected leader of the Congress Legislative Party Abdul Mannan and other party leaders such as Deepa Dasmunsi, Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury, Moinul Haque and C P Joshi.
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“We have discussed at length the roadmap about Congress’ role as the Opposition party and the mode of protests in the future against the anti-people policies of the state government,” Mannan, who had met AICC president Sonia Gandhi on Monday, said after the hour-long meeting.
Sources said Rahul reiterated Sonia’s stance and gave consent to the state Congress leaders to go ahead with the alliance with the Left Front. “We had discussed the necessity of a unity among all the democratic and secular forces to fight against the oppressive force of the Trinamool Congress. The joint effort to oust the TMC had begun and will continue. Apart from floor sharing at the Assembly, we will come up with ways to protest against the TMC’s anti-people policies outside the Assembly,” Mannan said.
Referring to alleged post-poll violence in the state, state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury said the state Congress has written to the administration about helping over 7,000 party workers who had been rendered homeless, particularly in North-24 Parganas and Howrah districts. “On one hand when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is saying at the Assembly that violence of any kind should stop, atrocities on leaders of Opposition parties continue. It seems then that the administration is unable to carry out the instructions of the CM, or they are under instructions to ignore what the government says and let the goons carry on with their ways. We have written to DGP Surajit Kar Purkayastha and Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra, notifying them that we will resort to a greater movement if this is not look into,” said Chowdhury.