Will strengthen INDIA bloc nationally, fight TMC in Bengal: CPI(M) leader
Sujan Chakraborty says TMC has secret understanding with BJP to save its tainted leaders from probe agencies
Categorically stating that his party will strengthen the opposition INDIA bloc nationally, senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty on Tuesday (September 19) said the party will, however, continue its fight against both the BJP and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal.
Chakraborty said that the CPI(M) will not be a part of the INDIA bloc coordination committee but will put its might against the BJP. “We will not waver from our stand against the BJP and communal forces across the country, but we will also equally fight against the saffron party and the ruling TMC in West Bengal,” the CPI(M) central committee member said.
Mamata Banerjee-led TMC is also a part of the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).
“Every state has different ground realities. The situation in, say, Kerala or West Bengal might not be similar to a north Indian state. Being a national party like the Congress, we believe we have a greater and crucial role to play in the fight against the BJP, unlike regional forces like the TMC,” he said.
Chakraborty said the CPI(M) will not soften its fight against the TMC, which is “singed by corruption, allegedly depriving thousands of youths of teaching jobs”.
“The TMC has a secret understanding with the BJP to save the skin of tainted leaders who are under the glare of central investigation agencies,” Chakraborty said. “On the other hand, the Left's integrity in its fight against the BJP has never been unwavering and it will continue,” he added.
Asked to comment on the CPI(M)'s decision, TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee told reporters that what the Left party does is its call but the TMC has always welcomed all “like-minded parties” in the fight against the BJP.
BJP state spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya said the CPI(M)'s decision shows its opportunist stance. “On the one hand, it goes ballistic in public against Himalayan corruption in the TMC regime, while on the other, it shares the same conference table with TMC leaders in Delhi and elsewhere. This hypocrisy is now clear before the people of West Bengal,” he added.
(With agency inputs)