Sources have informed Sirf News that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today called some former colleagues she had in All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) who are now in the Bharatiya Janata Party, seeking cooperation in managing the first round of the assembly election. Not a person to miss the opportunity to quip, Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh quipped, “Whoever made the call, I can figure out why she is begging.”
Ghosh made the taunting remark aimed at Banerjee at the end of the first round of voting. He said, “It’s understood that she is losing. That’s why she now remembers the old comrades who left her team on being insulted in the Trinamool.”
Mamata Banerjee had called, among others, a turncoat who had deserted the AITC to join the BJP, Pralay Pal, the vice-president of the Tamluk organising district, urging him to “return home”.
Meanwhile, Amit Malviya, social media head and co-observer of the BJP in the state, leaked an audio clip of a phone conversation during the first round of voting. While there has been no forensic examination of the clip, the female voice in it does sound like Mamata Banerjee’s while the other voice may be assumed to be of Pralay Pal who says it was the chief minister calling him.
AITC spokesman Kunal Ghosh said, “There is no need to respond to Amit Malviya. For the sake of argument, even if the audio is true, the chief minister has done nothing wrong.”
Kunal Ghosh said it was understood that there was an old Trinamool Congress worker on the other side of the phone. “He belongs to a family that worked for Mamata once upon a time. Now one of them has eaten the nectar and left the poison behind for us.”
But AITC politician and state minister Subrata Mukherjee acknowledged the veracity of the phone call. In his words, “What I saw and heard on TV enhanced my respect for Mamata by several notches.
“Mamata is a democratic leader,” said the politician who is known to have played a stellar role in launching Mamata Banerjee on the big stage at a time when she was an ordinary activist of the undivided Indian National Congress’s student union Chhatra Parishad.
Dilip Ghosh said, “In the audio clip of the chief minister that has released, she is calling an old activist of her party, who is now a vice-president in the BJP, to do work once again for the Trinamool.”
The Bengal BJP president claimed that Pal replied to Mamata Banerjee that while he was in her party, he had run from pillar to post to secure an ordinary residential certificate. “Why do you need me now?” the former AITC worker reportedly asked the chief minister.
“Mamata Banerjee’s tone has softened,” claimed Dilip Ghosh, adding, “She is begging and pleading now because, it’s obvious, she is losing.”