25 NOV, 2012
TOMAL SEN GUPTA,ET BUREAU
KOLKATA: In a damage-control exercise, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to visit Singur on November 30. She will address a public rally there after holding an administrative meeting with the Hooghly district officials.
Many Trinamool Congres workers in Singur are aggrieved over the chief minister’s decision to take away the agriculture ministry from the Singur MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharjee.
Bhattacharjee himself has refused to accept the new portfolio in Mamata’s government and has stopped going to Writers’ Buildings since last Wednesday when the chief minister had reshuffled her cabinet and took away the agriculture department from Bhattacharjee.
Bhattacharjee was first given the education department, but later he was shifted to the agriculture department when Mamata made Brattya Bose the education minister. But this time too, the chief minister has removed her Singur MLA from the agriculture department which has irked the 81-year-old party MLA who enjoys love and respect from all of Singur residents irrespective of their political affiliations. Mamata is well aware about resentments among her partymen in Singur over Bhattacharjee’s removal.
She had engaged her trusted MP Ratna De Nag who had visited Bhattacharjee’s Singur residence on last Saturday to pacify him. But the Singur MLA is still firm on his decision and has decided not accept the new portfolio. Even many hardcore Trinamool Congress activists in Singur are aggrieved over Mamata’s decision. It is learnt that Mamata will try to meet these disgruntled party workers during her visit to Singur on November 30 and try to explain the reasons for Bhattacharjee’s removal from the agriculture department.
Informed sources in Trinamool Congress said that Mamata might ask the Hooghly district officials to come to Singur on November 30 for holding the administrative meeting with her instead of going to Chinsura which is the Hooghly district headquarters. Mamata has not visited Singur for long. She held a public meeting at Singur on September 27 last year.
But till then, Mamata had skipped party meetings at Singur. But now the chief minister has decided to go to Singur and hold her party rally there. It is learnt that she will urge the sitting party MLA to attend her rally at Singur on November 30. A senior Trinamool Congress leader told ET on condition of anonymity that “by presenting Bhattacharjee at her rally, the chief minister will try to send a message to her supporters and activists that nothing was wrong between Trinamool Congress and Bhattacharjee and the Singur MLA will continue to work for the party.
Didi will urge Bhattacharjee to be with her at her Singur rally.” It is very urgent for the chief minister to seal any grievances within the party at Singur before the ensuing panchayat elections.
“Singur is a very touchy issue for Mamata Banerjee because she had launched her movements against forcible land acquisition from Singur. It was her Singur agitation which had helped her a lot to remove the 34 year old CPIM-led government from West Bengal last year. Naturally, Mamata will not tolerate any sort of dissension or grievances within her party workers specially at Singur and that is why she will be holding her rally at Singur after a gap of one year and two months,” the Trinamool Congress leader said.
Many in Trinamool Congress are of the opinion that by holding her rally at Singur, Mamata has practically started the damage-control exercise before the ensuing panchayat elections which is very crucial for her because this will be the first panchayat elections to be held under Trinamool Congress regime.
Courtesy: Times Internet