Post break-up assessment
With the Assembly seats going to bypolls falling in the Congress-dominated districts of Birbhum, Murshidabad and Malda, the Trinamool is pulling out all stops to take a sweet revenge on its estranged ally. Post the Trinamool’s exit from the Congress-lead UPA alliance last year after their tumultuous relationship, the ties between them has been deteriorating with every passing day.
Trinamool supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has time and again claimed that her party came to power in the state on its own and that the Congress never contributed to its win despite being in an pre-poll alliance. So, this by-election has become a litmus test for Trinamool cadres to prove that their party leadership’s claim is true. “The bypoll is very important to us. But we know that the people are with Mamata Banerjee. So, we are relaxed,” said Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy.
In a bid to breach the Congress bastion, the Trinamool has placed its bet on disgruntled Congress leaders. All the three candidates — Krishnendu Chowdhury for Englishbazar, Humayun Kabir for Rejinagar and Biplab Ojha for Nalhati — left the Congress to join Trinamool soon after the party broke its alliance with the Congress. Both Krishnendu Chowdhury