Calcutta, July 16: Krishna Bose, the former Trinamul MP whose name Mamata Banerjee had proposed for Vice-President, today said her party had forgotten her for eight years, echoing a charge the state Congress had posted on Facebook earlier in the day.
“There is no denying that Trinamul had forgotten me for all these eight years, because Trinamul did not think about me as the party’s nominee for the Rajya Sabha polls in 2005, 2006, 2011 and even in 2012. They chose others instead of me,” Bose said over the phone.
“But I must thank Mamata for remembering me this time by proposing my candidature for one of the top posts in the country,” she added.
Bose, widow of Netaji’s nephew Sisir Bose, said she had nothing to say for Trinamul not “nominating me to the Rajya Sabha”.
The octogenarian’s comments came a few hours after the state Congress took a swipe at Mamata on Facebook by referring to the “politics of convenience taking the name of Netaji”.
“The facts posted in the Congress Facebook account are true and I cannot deny them,” she said.
The Congress said Mamata got others elected to the Rajya Sabha but did not think of Bose after she lost the Lok Sabha polls as a Trinamul candidate in 2004. “Mamata has suddenly rememberedů Bose just days before the vice-presidential election to play the politics of convenience,” the Congress posted.
From the more traditional podium of a party meeting in front of Victoria House in the heart of the city, Congress chief spokesperson Abdul Mannan tore into Mamata by referring to the treatment meted out to Bose.
The meeting was convened to protest the “abnormal hike” in electricity tariff by CESC. A Congress delegation led by state president Pradip Bhattacharya called on governor M.K. Narayanan to draw his attention to the “deteriorating law and order” in the state.
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