Kolkata: A prominent but controversial Trinamool Congress legislator has accused the party's leadership of selling tickets to candidates in exchange for money during the recently concluded panchayat polls in West Bengal. Idris Ali, a Trinamool Congress MLA representing the Bhagwangola Assembly constituency in Murshidabad district, claimed that money played a decisive role in candidate selection, particularly in districts like Murshidabad. He pointed to block presidents in these districts as responsible for collecting money to secure party tickets. Ali's allegations echoed those made by another Trinamool Congress legislator from the same district, Humayun Kabir, who represents the Bharatpur Assembly constituency.
These comments shed light on the internal discord within the Trinamool Congress in Murshidabad district, where several party MLAs have expressed discontent with the district president, Shaoni Sinha Roy. While the Trinamool Congress has remained silent on the accusations, opposition leaders see them as evidence of infighting within the ruling party over the distribution of funds collected for providing candidatures in the recent rural civic body polls.
Dr. Sujan Chakraborty, a central committee member of the CPI(M), noted that the infighting within the Trinamool Congress is becoming public because the ill-gotten money has not been distributed equally among all levels of leadership. Sukanta Majumdar, the BJP state president in West Bengal and a Lok Sabha member, added that Ali's claims were not surprising, as corruption has become synonymous with the Trinamool Congress.
This revelation highlights the challenges and internal strife faced by the Trinamool Congress, especially in districts like Murshidabad, as it navigates the complex landscape of West Bengal politics.