Mamata Banerjee hunts for ‘traitors’ after thin margin win
BJP's surge is making Mamata uneasy, and alarm bells are ringing in Trinamool's inner circle.
Didi has instructed senior leaders to identify district and block-level leaders who have facilitated the shift of votes from CPM to BJP and, in some cases, from the Trinamool Congress to the BJP. An internal review by the party revealed that TMC mostly lost the ‘poor voters’ across Jungle Mahal and North Bengal where tribal voters dominate, while the party retained its support base in urban and semi-urban areas, said a senior leader on conditions of anonymity. “We have also lost around 70 lakh votes of government employees and their families since the recommendation of the current pay commission could not be implemented,” he added. It is also learnt that an angry Banerjee said she would concentrate more on the party and will not hold so many administrative meetings by touring the districts. “Development work did not reflect in the results. All of our voters suddenly became patriots,” said a senior leader of the party who attended the review meeting.
“We have seen in many blocks that the leaders are very corrupt. They, with the connivance of local MLAs, extorted money from people using the party’s name which took people away from us. All these leaders will be identified and strict action would be taken against them,” he added.
Claiming that the theory of shifting votes from CPM to the BJP looks like an ‘oversimplification’ of the dismal performance, he said, “There are several other factors which played an important role. If you analyse the map in terms of the constituencies that we lost, you will understand that it was done by a design and not by default. There is this one traitor from our party who joined the BJP, knew whom to contact and how to get the votes transferred.” Moreover, the CPM voters did not want Mamata Banerjee to play a key role at the Centre, he added.