Kolkata: The chasm between the Congress and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) which was sparked off by the petrol price hike seems yet far from over. The TMC’s initial verbal assault gave birth to the politicking between the two allies. However, it did not take long for the Congress to counter attack the TMC government in West Bengal through a string of allegations. 

The verbal assault has heated up since TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee warned the Congress of withdrawing support from UPA if another price hike was made.

Meanwhile, state Congress President Pradeep Bhattacharya slammed the CM of limiting the rights of panchayat. Another Congress leader Adhir Chaudhary accused Banerjee of neglecting the Health Ministry as she was overburdened with work.

Congress stalwart and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee also joined the warfront in attacking Banerjee.
The state Youth Congress is also set to launch a campaign against the TMC government. The YC Chief, Mausam Noor said, “The way Congress workers are being attacked in the state, they were never so unsafe even during the Left Front rule.”

It may be noted that until now only CPI (M) had accused the TMC of spreading political violence but now even the Congress has not been mincing words in criticizing the state government. 
Noor announced that the Youth Congress will stage a silent protest on November 18 to be attended by large number of party workers.

Moreover, Pradeep Bhattacharya has also organised ‘gherao’ of the panchayats to protest the handing over the responsibility of developmental works at the panchayat level to the Block Development Officer. 

The Congress has called a Mahapanchayat on November 20 to be attended by the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and other eminent party leaders. Speculations are rife that the Congress will announce a full-fledged movement against the TMC government during the conference.

JPN/Bureau