Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday gave a stern warning to all Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders who are keeping close ties with Independent civic poll winners amid reports of infighting in various districts.
“We have all the information on how some leaders are in close touch with the Independents after helping them to win… We will show cause and later oust them,” Mamata said at her party meeting at Nazrul Mancha in Kolkata.
Mamata also warned a section of leaders who are passing remarks against the party in public. “If they (leaders) feel they have made the party grateful to them by winning elections, the doors are open for them. They can go anywhere if they like,” she added.
Before the elections to 108 civic polls held little more than a week ago, the TMC had suspended the leaders who were aspirants to contest elections despite having a party candidate.
After they were ousted, the leaders contested the elections as Independents with some of them even ending up winning.
Meanwhile, Mamata again appealed for peace amid the ongoing war between Ukraine and Russia. Speaking on the occasion of International Women’s Day, she said, “Women are symbol of peace. So, let’s stop the war. A lot of lives have already been lost. We will not get into the debate who is at fault. The world needs peace. Let us pray for peace, prosperity and development,” she said.
Attacking the Modi-led central government, she said Indian students have their lives at stake on the foreign shores. Under ‘Operation Ganga’, the Centre is rescuing Indian citizens from Ukraine and other neighbouring countries. “But when the Indian students are coming back home, why are you all acting so much and showing off. When you knew the war could have happened, why didn’t you act fast,” she hit out at the Centre.