Kolkata, Nov.21: Trashing reports of increasing differences between ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) and its key alliance partner, the Congress party, senior TMC lawmaker Sukhendu Shekhar Roy has denied the existence of any rift.
Addressing media in Kolkata on Sunday, Roy urged political figures not to make such remarks, but instead contribute to the state’s development.
“I don’t think that there is any rift between Congress and Trinamool Congress. Everyone should remember that at this stage, after the tyrannical rule of 34 years of the Left Front, the people have given a clear mandate to Ms. Mamata Banerjee, who is now engaged in the reconstruction of Bengal, which is a very difficult task. Therefore, neither our allies nor any man of reason and thought, should initiate any state which will jeopardise the move initiated by Ms. Mamata Banerjee,” said Roy.
Roy said a lot needs to be done to boost West Bengal’s almost stagnant growth, and added that such rumours would only slow down the process.
“I would appeal to all concerned, both within our party and outside, to help strengthen the hands of Ms. Mamata Banerjee, because this is a very a crucial stage of West Bengal, when really West Bengal needs a radical change, because all the infrastructure, be it the education, health, transport, communication, law and order, everything has been ruined during this 34-year Communist rule,” added Roy.
Roy was reacting to Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh’s statement in which he said that the Congress party was not a non-government organisation (NGO), but a fully fledged political party that deserved to be respected and heard on issues related to West Bengal.
Ramesh while taking a jab at Banerjee had said that the Congress party had not taken voluntary retirement from the state and did not need unsolicited advice from anyone.(ANI)