KOLKATA ; Trinamool Congress’ former man, didn’t fetch a New Year’s greetings for political establishments.
Indian Democratic Congress (IDC) headed by former TMC leader Ashif Khan launching the party at the Calcutta Press Club this week, said: After rest for four years (he left TMC for the last four years) we all felt that there’s need for a political party which didn’t belong to a caste, creed or religion.’’
Taking a dig at Mamata Banerjee, state BJP and the Left, Khan said, “it’s time we take a stand against two CCs – corruption and communalism and take people along as Indians.’’
Picking up from where Khan left, party general secretary Lalit Mohan Tyagi said the successive governments could neither allow the majority population to contribute to the growth of GDP even three hundred years ago India’s GDP was much higher and perhaps took us to one of the top nations globally.
Incidentally, IDC which echoed decades back a pro-Congress faction (Left should politically tie-up with Congress) coming out of CPI(M) by Saufidin Soaj left the left big brother weak and proved correct as Prakash Karat tied up with Congress to form UPA I and II much later.
However, Khan who slammed Mamata Banerjee, BJP and Left, said, to a question if their party is set to take part in coming panchayat elections with a tie-up, “we go to villages and see if our ideology can convince people as we are opposed to corruption and communalism nor have any castist or religious agenda, let’s see from where a tie-up proposal comes.’’
Interestingly, Khan who had been in TMC happens to be another man to have now with a new party officially launches a new political platform.
After decades of Left rule which actually fetched nothing for Bengal, people may have learnt not to keep a party too long in office, there’s no denying the fact that the IDC wants to get in to emerging anti-incumbency factors on economic issues with benefits for all and favour for none,’’ said an academician associated with Calcutta University, adding, “a new party isn’t always a bad proposal.’’