Firing yet another salvo at former Trinamool Congrass all-India general secretary Mukul Roy, senior party leader Partha Chatterjee Thursday said his absence has not made the party weaker or cast any adverse impact on its functioning.
“Trinamool Congress does not believe in individualistic style of functioning. The party believes in pluralism and so somebody’s absence will not have any significant impact”, Partha, TMC secretary-general, said.
Replying to a query on whether the Roy’s absence would have any impact on the results of the upcoming civic polls in the state in which the party was contesting in all the 2,190 seats Partha said, “Who said he is absent from the party.
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He is very well within it. We only focus on our leader and party chief Mamata Banerjee and do our jobs as instructed by her. Of course, if one person joins 10 others, the strength increases. But if one out of 10 quits a group, the group doesn’t weaken. If there is any lacunae, we try to rectify it”.
Roy was stripped of the post of all-India general secretary by party chief Mamata shorty after he distanced himself from the party following his interrogation by CBI in connection with the Saradha scam on January 30, 2015. He, however, continues to be a party member.
Partha, meanwhile, also predicted that TMC will sweep the civic polls and claimed that it was not facing any opposition worth the name in the election.
“Where is the opposition you are talking of we are facing? I do not see any opposition in the upcoming civic polls. Only opposition we are facing is from a section of the media,” Partha, also the higher education minister, told a press meet here.
He said even people in the areas where the polls would be held were failing to witness any opposition to the ruling party.
The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and 91 other civic bodies will go to polls on April 18 and April 25, respectively.
On complaints of attacks on opposition candidates and workers by the TMC, Partha said, “There had been a few small incidents which a section of media was blowing out of proportion. There are a total of 2,190 wards. How many incidents of violence have happened? Hardly five or six, which the TV channels are playing on the loop. Even this morning, they were showing yesterday’s incident as if it had happened today. Such incidents of violence can occur.
The party is looking into it and would take steps,” he said.
Asked about the violence during a BJP campaign rally where actor Roopa Ganguly was allegedly assaulted by TMC workers under the instruction of local TMC leader Pratap Saha, he said, “The law will take its due course. If police thought Pratap needs to be arrested, they will do so. What do we have to say about that?”
Making a comparison between the tenures of TMC mayors Subrata Mukherjee and Sovan Chatterjee, he said that during former’s rule, it was a take-off period for the development of the city. In the second tenure, there has been vast implementation of projects. “But the political scenario during the two periods were different”, he said.
But Partha was sarcastic about Mukherjee’s proposal to levy water tax in KMC area, which was shot down by Mamata.
“The alternative meaning of water is life, so why tax should be levied on it which is consumed by the poor people,” he asked.