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Trinamul warning for Deepa

Siliguri, Jan. 24: Trinamul Congress leaders here today said Deepa Das Munshi’s comments might widen the rift with the Congress and hinder a full-fledged anti-Left alliance even as K. Keshava Rao promised to speak to Pranab Mukherjee to rein in the “difficult lady”.

“We condemn the way the MP of North Dinajpur is criticising our party and our leader Mamata Banerjee at public meetings, alleging that we, in collusion with the CPM, were hindering the work of the Congress-run Siliguri Municipal Corporation,” said Gautam Deb, chairperson of the north Bengal core committee of Trinamul and Darjeeling district president of the party today.

“Her comments are only aggravating our relationship with the Congress and if this trend continues, it might be tough to forge a total alliance down to the grassroots level as our workers might feel discouraged if their chief is unnecessarily blamed.”

Deepa, while addressing a public meeting organised by the Congress at Baghajatin Park here on Saturday, was the only speaker to take direct pot shots at Trinamul, without naming its chief.

“A strong front with the Congress is necessary to oust the Left from power. It is through the Congress’s support that Trinamul has 19 MLAs today from one MLA it had. But if the Congress is politically attacked and blamed, the results might revert to one from 19,” Deepa had said.

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