Agartala, April 22: Former PCC president and ex-leader of the Opposition in the Tripura Assembly, Sudip Roy Barman, has replied to the showcause notice asking him to explain his criticism of the party high command. The letter was sent yesterday.
AICC general secretary V. Narayanasamy issued the showcause on April 8 after Roy Barman blamed the high command for the party's poor performance in the bypoll to the Amarpur Assembly constituency on December 9 last year.
Roy Barman said the talks between the Congress and the CPM over the alliance in West Bengal had confused party workers and that frustration was reflected in the poor performance.
In his reply, Roy Barman said he had never uttered a word against the high command or the party's "supreme leaders" but had criticised a group of "rootless leaders of West Bengal" who had extracted a consent from the high command for an alliance with the CPM.
"Despite having spoken to you twice over the phone and having addressed a letter to the AICC president, we Congressmen in Tripura were never consulted over this alliance, which will damage our party beyond repair at the state and national level," Roy Barman wrote in his reply. He described how the communists had "backstabbed" the Quit India movement in 1942 and collaborated with the British, how the party had launched "armed insurgency" against the Indian state between 1948 and 1951 and how they had betrayed the country's interests by remaining silent on the Chinese invasion.
"The CPM had denounced the Congress and its top leaders in the vilest possible invectives and their final perfidy was withdrawal of support to the UPA I government in 2008. How can this party be trusted for an alliance or tactical understanding?" he asked.
He justified his decision to resign from the post of leader of the Opposition and said he would never have anything to do with the CPM.
Roy Barman's main rival in the Congress, Birajit Sinha, has launched a reorganisation drive by removing Roy Barman's followers in the organisation.
After Roy Barman resigned, MLA Asish Saha, state Youth Congress president Sushanta Chowdhury and 35 block Youth Congress presidents resigned from their posts, reportedly in preparation to join the Trinamul Congress.
PCC president Sinha, however, said the spate of resignations would have no impact on the Congress in Tripura.