Referring to the ruling government’s attempt to take over several administrative bodies, Left Front Chairman Biman Bose on Saturday said that the TMC was running down the democratic setup of the state.
“The TMC is out to destroy democracy here. They had threatened to bring about a change in Siliguri municipal corporation and Murshidabad zila parishad. What do they mean by ‘change’? People have already brought about a change with their mandate, and now the TMC is set to defy that in whichever way possible,” Bose said at a press conference on Saturday.
He also said that the CM’s “hunger for power” was insatiable, even though the TMC had already secured 211 seats out of 294. “Her leaders are going around with bags of money, shopping for representatives from other parties,” he said.
When asked whether the Left would lend support to the Congress in light of the TMC’s attempts to take over Murshidabad zila parishad, Bose said it would be decided at the district level. In the 70-seat Murshidabad zila parishad, the TMC now holds 29 seats after ten members defected from other parties on Friday, and only needs six more to take control.
“We will definitely try to hold our ground. If there is a situation where there is a no-confidence motion, and voting follows, we will definitely support the Congress,” said Moinul Hassan, state secretariat member and in-charge of Murshidabad. Asked if the party would act against defecting members, Bose said that it would be done at the right time.
Talking about the all-India strike called by Central trade unions, he said the strike was against the anti-people policies of the Centre, and if the state government was not supporting it, then the under-the-table understanding between the TMC and BJP was clear.
“On August 31, there will be two rallies – one from Mahajati Sadan to Subodh Mullick Square and the other from Park Circus Maidan to Subodh Mullick Square to spread awareness about the strike,” he said.