CPM, Cong to Meet New MLAs on May 19

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Ta­mal.Sen­gupta@ times­group.com

Kolkata: Fear­ing poach­ing of the CPM and Congress MLAs by Tri­namool Congress, both par­ties have de­cided to hold emer­gency meet­ings of the newly-elected MLAs im­me­di­ately af­ter the poll re­sults are out on May 19 to frus­trate the rul­ing party's move. “We will be meet­ing all our leg­is­la­tors, in­clud­ing the first-timers as early as pos­si­ble af­ter May19 to re­mind them how rul­ing Tri­namool Congress had poached eleven of our MLAs. Some of these MLAs were forced to join the rul­ing party. but some had joined Ma­mata Ban­er­jee's party on their own. But we have to be care­ful this time so that none of our leg­is­la­tors switch camp this time,” said West Ben­gal Pradesh Congress Com­mit­tee (WBPCC) general sec­re­tary De­babrata Bose.

The CPM and the Left par­ties too, will hold meet­ing with their MLAs af­ter May 19. CPM in­sid­ers said that since they have fielded so many new faces, it was ur­gent to brief and guide them how to per­form in the Assem­bly. "Ob­vi­ously, we will alert our first-time MLAs about pos­si­ble move by Tri­namool Congress to lure them to join their party," said a se­nior CPIM leader pre­fer­ring anonymity.

It is Mukul Roy, Ma­mata's most trusted man, who had man­aged to rope in 11 Congress MLAs since 2012. One CPM MLA, Ch­haya Dolui who won 2011 assem­bly polls from Chan­drakona seat, had also joined the rul­ing party. Three For­ward Bloc MLAs and two RSP MLAs had also left par­ties to join Tri­namool Congress. "Ma­mata Ban­er­jee had in­tro­duced pol­i­tics of horse trad­ing which West Ben­gal had never ex­pe­ri­enced. Her party had forced many of our MLAs to join Tri­namoool Congress. Even though Tri­namool had got ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity in 2011, the party went on in­tim­i­dat­ing and threat­en­ing our MLAs, elected pan­chayat mem­bers to quit our party to join Tri­namool Congress. Such a situa- tion had never pre­vailed in Ben­gal and it is Ma­mata's own cre­ation. She did this with an in­ten­tion to make Ben­gal free from op­po­si­tion par­ties," said CPIM cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber Goutam Deb.

It is Tri­namool Congress which had forcibly cap­tured 600 elected gram pan­chay­ats, which were won orig­i­nally by the CPIM. The rul­ing party had also forced 782 elected CPM gram pan­chayat mem­bers to quit the party to join them. The Hal­dia mu­nic­i­pal­ity was won by the CPIM in 2012. Of the to­tal 26 seats in the civic body, the CPM had won15. But Tri­namool Congress had cap­tured the civic body in Septem­ber 2013 re­port­edly by forc­ing some of the CPM coun­cil­lors to sup­port a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion brought against the civic body by Tri­namool Congress which had orig­i­nally won 11 seats.

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