Congressional committee leader calls out party for serving BJP propaganda in West Bengal


Drift in the Indian National Congress takes a radical turn in West Bengal over disputes between Congress leader Anand Sharma and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury following the latter’s decision to join ISF reports SAIKEERTHI.


SENIOR Congress leader Anand Sharma called in a statement the party’s decision to form an alliance with the Indian Secular Front (ISF) for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections. He said the move was in direct violation of the party’s core ideology and its values ​​championed by political leaders like Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.

West Bengal Congress committee leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was quick to applaud by defending the party’s decision and calling on Anand Sharma for tarnishing the party’s image and “serving the polarizing BJP agenda” . He supported the alliance with the ISF by declaring that “we are determined to defeat the communal and divisive politics of the BJP and an autocratic regime”.

Anand Sharma was quick to respond to Chowdary’s harsh comments calling them “unhappy”. He added that he believed in civilized political dialogue and discourse.

The Bhartiya Janata party on Twitter denounced the heated exchanges underway between the two congressional leaders, calling Sharma’s position “pitiful”. The tweet also said that despite the designation and seniority Sharma holds in the party, he was “made to live with this insult and defend the communal elements”.

The BJP and Trinamool Congress had declared that the alliance between Congress and ISF was “communal” in nature. They further stated that Congress seeks to make high demands with this alliance by rallying supporters of identity politics.

The Cracks of the Alliance

The Secular Indian Front is a political party formed in January of this year and led by Pirzada Abbas Siddiqui. However, the party has over time gained a reputation as a religious fundamentalist group due to the controversial comments made by Siddiqui in his speeches. The party is also known to have a strong presence among Muslim communities in the state.

However, the alliance is already creating tensions between political parties due to the ongoing discourse on the sharing of seats. Chowdhury had revealed that the division of seats had already been discussed between Congress and the Left Front. However, the entry of the ISF has changed course. Addressing a rally, ISF leader Siddiqui announced that he would not appease Congress in the face of growing differences over the sharing of seats.

(Saikeerthi is a final year journalism student at Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communication, Pune, and intern at The Leaflet.)

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