Kharge's posters defaced in front of Bengal Congress HQ after his snub at Adhir

Kharge had on Saturday snubbed Chowdhury while responding to a query on Mamata Banerjee's comment that if the INDIA bloc forms the government, she would support it from outside, and Chowdhury's remark that she cannot be trusted and that she might go with the BJP.
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge with NCP (Sharad) Chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena (UBT) Chief Uddhav Thackeray during an INDIA alliance press conference, in Mumbai, Saturday, May 18, 2024.
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge with NCP (Sharad) Chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena (UBT) Chief Uddhav Thackeray during an INDIA alliance press conference, in Mumbai, Saturday, May 18, 2024.

Kolkata | A day after he snubbed West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for questioning TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee's loyalty to the INDIA bloc, several posters and hoardings of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge were defaced with ink in front of the party's state headquarters here on Sunday.

Unidentified persons also wrote 'agent of Trinamool Congress' on Kharge's posters and hoardings.

Sources in the Congress said that Chowdhury, who is in his hometown Baharampur, expressed displeasure over the incident and asked party workers to lodge a police complaint, which was registered, and the defaced posters were also removed.

"The incident might have happened on Saturday night. This is the handiwork of the TMC which wants to create differences between senior Congress leaders and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury," a party leader alleged.

Kharge had on Saturday snubbed Chowdhury while responding to a query on Mamata Banerjee's comment that if the INDIA bloc forms the government, she would support it from outside, and Chowdhury's remark that she cannot be trusted and that she might go with the BJP.

"Mamata Banerjee is with the alliance. She has recently said that she will join the government. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury will not take the decision. The decision will be taken by me and the high command and those who don't agree will go out," Kharge had said.

He had also asserted that Chowdhury is no one to decide on whether Banerjee would be part of the INDIA bloc in the event of the anti-BJP alliance coming to power after the Lok Sabha polls.

Chowdhury, while reacting to Kharge's comments, had said, referring to the TMC supremo, "I cannot speak in favour of someone who wants to finish me and our party in Bengal politically. This is a battle for every Congress worker. I have spoken on their behalf. I don't want the state Congress to be used for her (Banerjee's) personal agenda and then finish the organisation..

"If Kharge ji speaks against my views, I will continue to speak for Congressmen at the grassroots in the state," he added.

The TMC is contesting the Lok Sabha elections alone in the state, while the Congress and the Left are jointly fighting the polls.

On Sunday, Chowdhury, while speaking to reporters at his Baharampur party office, reiterated that the Congress state unit would continue fighting against the TMC.

"We would reciprocate her policy of fighting against us in the state while being part of INDIA bloc at Delhi. She has only said that there would be no alliance in West Bengal," he said.

He said the Congress's fight against the TMC is a "fight for morality" and "struggle of the oppressed against the oppressor".

Chowdhury blamed Banerjee for "destroying" both Congress and CPI (M) in the state.

"I have no hesitation in saying that we would not be able to pamper Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal. I cannot support a person who has destroyed the state Congress over the years. I cannot befriend her. She has systematically destroyed both CPI (M) and Congress," he added.

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