Calcutta, Feb. 10: The state Congress will send its functionaries to the districts to woo “disenchanted Trinamul workers” and “consolidate the organisation” before the rural polls, AICC Bengal in-charge Shakeel Ahmed said today.
“We have learnt that thousands of Trinamul workers, particularly those at the grassroots, are willing to change their party. They are against joining the already-tested CPM. So, the AICC wants its Bengal leaders to impress upon these disgruntled elements that the Congress is the only alternative to the ruling Trinamul,” Shakeel told a media conference at Bidhan Bhavan, the party headquarters.
Asked about names, he told The Telegraph that a list of the functionaries would soon be prepared.
State Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya said party workers would bring out rallies in villages over the next few months to highlight “the Mamata Banerjee government’s misdeeds”.
Trinamul did not attach much importance to the Congress’s overtures to “disgruntled Trinamul workers”.
“It could be that some of our party workers are disgruntled because of reasons best known to them. But I am convinced they will not desert the party despite the Congress’s efforts to woo them,” a Trinamul MP said tonight.
The state Congress’s minority cell chief, S.M.S. Haider, claimed some Muslim workers from Trinamul’s minority forum would join a Congress convention at Netaji Indoor Stadium tomorrow.
Union minority affairs minister K.Rahman Khan is expected to attend the event.