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Mukul son says who’s Trinamul boss

Ranaghat, July 18: MLA Subhranshu Roy, the son of Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy, has reminded functionaries that Mamata Banerjee is the party’s only leader, the assertion triggering speculation on what prompted the comments.

Trinamul sources said Subhranshu, whose elevation to the post of Trinamul Youth Congress working president was allegedly resented by a section of the party, might have had former youth wing chief Subhendu Adhikari in mind.

“There is no need to raise slogans in my name or in the name of Mukul Roy. Had Mamata Banerjee not been there, nobody would have recognised us,” Subhranshu told a gathering of Trinamul Youth Congress workers in Nadia’s Ranaghat yesterday.

“There is no point flaunting how many supporters you have. Remember, people back leaders for one person only,” he added.

According to the Trinamul sources, Mukul Roy’s relations with Tamluk MP Subhendu were strained.

Subhranshu denied that his message was directed at Subhendu. “There is no reason to say this. Subhenduda also says the same thing,” Subhranshu said. Subhendu was not available for comment.

But Trinamul insiders said Subhranshu’s comments were in response to Subhendu’s assertion at a public meeting in Kolaghat on Tuesday that he and his father had led by over five lakh votes in East Midnapore’s two Lok Sabha seats. “In the two constituencies here, our lead was more than five lakh,” he had said, but added later: “People have reposed their faith in the development work carried out by the Mamata Banerjee government.” Mamata was present on the stage.

At yesterday’s meeting, Subhranshu indicated that party leaders should steer clear of syndicates. “Our workers are being killed over control of syndicates, cattle smuggling and tenders. Ground-level workers are being killed while leaders are striking deals. This cannot go on,” he said.