“Deep rot in TMC…Mamata treating it as personal fiefdom…total breakdown to law-and-order”
Suvendu Adhikari with Mamata Banerjee
Suvendu Adhikari, in his wake of leaving Trinamool Congress, has led a blistering attack against its leader and chief minister Mamata Banerjee for treating the party as her “personal fiefdom.”
“The very people on the backs of whom the party was created are now being sidelined, humiliated and outcast,” said Adhikhari in a six-page letter addressed to people of Bengal: “An extremely deep rot and malaise has set into the Trinamool Congress.”
Challenging the stranglehold of Mamata, her nephew Abhishek Banerjee and others close to them on the party, Adhikari says: "Neither West Bengal and nor the Trinamool Congress is anyone's fiefdom. West Bengal is the great land of valiant legends, who have moved heaven and earth to fight for their freedom, for their Maa, for their Mati, and for their Manush.
“The party was not built in one day with the contribution of one person. It was a continuous and contiguous effort of a mammoth scale, the culmination of which was the result we saw 10 years ago.”
Adhikari says TMC has betrayed the mandate given to it by We the People.
“They are working against Bengal culture while claiming to defend it…they have treated our sacred Constitution with the same disrespect.
“The Constitutional head of our state (governor Jagdeep Dhankhar) has over the past 18 months brought to public attention more than 100 instances of a total breakdown in the law-and-order situation.
“Political murders are continuing unabated. Illegal activities are continuing without pause.”
Adhikari reserved his most blistering attack for Prashant Kishore, the poll strategist whom Mamata Banerjee has hired for the forthcoming assembly elections.
“…The individuals have now hired external assistance, people with no knowledge of ground realities, and no knowledge of the sacrifice it actually takes to work for a shared goal as ambitious as creating the West Bengal of our dreams.
“Instead of Nishkam Karm Yogis, the ordinary people who built this party brick-by-brick…its (the party) is now filled with Sakam Karma Bhogis, individuals who take monetary compensation for their services and disappear as soon as the elections conclude.”
Adhikari states that the present TMC party looks no different than the Left government which they replaced in 2011. That the dream has remained unfulfilled after 10 years.
“When our battle was against the Left Front, the main contention was the anti-poor and anti-people policy of the communist government.”
“Our great and beloved state of West Bengal is standing at a critical juncture today…(we) are destined to make a choice which will significantly impact us forever.”
Adhikari evoked the glorious past and some legendary figures who emerged out of the soil of Bengal.
We worked for…Gurudev Rabindranath Thakur’s words: Amar Sonar Bangla. Unfortunately the problems faced by our fellow sisters and brothers have remained the same.”
He took the names of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Bidhan Chandra Roy and other luminaries and said he is inspired by them.
As for his decision to leave the primary membership of TMC, Adhikari said: “I have taken this decision because the very party which we worked to establish through our blood, sweat and tears has now betrayed our very ideal. The party has now betrayed the mandate it was given by We The People…they are working against Bengali culture while claiming to defend it.”
Towards the end of his letter, he says: "Let it be known to them that We The People cannot be fooled. Belated attempts such as Duare Sarkar which were only conceptualised 10 years after being in power, cannot placate our great people. Our fight is bigger than any individual. Our fight is for a better future. Our fight is to restore West Bengal to its former glory."
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