Former Union Minister Dinesh Trivedi, who just lately stop the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has mentioned the “corruption and violence model” of West Bengal’s ruling social gathering will not work for it and will take the state again to “dark days”.
He additionally termed the “insider-outsider” debate began by TMC chief and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as “antithetical” to Bengal’s liberal ethos.
The former railway minister praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, hailing his reputation and insisting individuals think about his management, however saved his political plans underneath wraps.
Trivedi resigned his Rajya Sabha membership and from the TMC final Friday, saying he felt “suffocated” due to the violence occurring in West Bengal and his lack of ability to do something about it.
He additionally insisted that the rule of regulation wanted to be established within the state for bringing concerning the “real change”.
“In Bengal, we talk about icons and their ideals but what we see is contrary. The (TMC) model of violence and corruption is not what Bengal stands for. This model will take Bengal to dark days. The state has so much potential and we can’t just let it go waste,” Trivedi mentioned in an unique interview with information company PTI.
He mentioned as a public consultant he couldn’t have turned a blind eye to what was occurring within the state.
He maintained he felt ashamed when individuals requested him concerning the tradition of violence within the state, one thing that “pricked” his conscience and made him take a agency stand.
“I should rather work for the people of the state in my way if my party is not allowing me to do so. It is high time that we ended the TMC’s model and culture of corruption and violence,” he mentioned.
Trivedi additionally accused the TMC of being in “denial mode” over the happenings within the state and taking part in the “victim card”.
“If the thought process is that if you don’t abuse the prime minister and home minister regularly, you are not a loyal soldier of the party, then no one can help it. Criticising doesn’t mean abusing. We are Bengali Bhadra lok (gentlemen),” he mentioned.
The chair instructions respect and these occupying it shouldn’t be denigrated simply because they’re from a rival social gathering, he mentioned.
The veteran chief mentioned he raised these points a number of instances on TMC boards however that didn’t yield any consequence as “somebody else” apart from Mamata Banerjee took “control of the party” after it got here to energy in 2011. He, nonetheless, declined to call who it was.
“Time and again I raised the issues with the party. After Narada scam, when I raised the issue in a party forum it was set aside. I became the bad guy and was asked not to go for campaigning in the assembly polls. I never spoke out in public due to party discipline,” he mentioned, responding to a query about why it took him so lengthy to talk out.
Political circles have been rife with hypothesis that he might be a part of the BJP however Trivedi refused to say something however praised the BJP.
“The BJP is the No. 1 party in the world. I thank Kailash Vijayvargiya Ji (BJP’s Bengal minder) and Dilip Ghosh Ji (Bengal BJP chief) from the core of my heart for welcoming me to the party. Only time will answer what’s in store. But I will keep fighting for the betterment of the people of Bengal,” he mentioned.
Dinesh Trivedi mentioned individuals of the nation as additionally of West Bengal think about Narendra Modi’s management, which was mirrored in the way in which the BJP gained 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats in 2019.
“It was due to people’s faith in PM Modi that the BJP pulled off such a spectacular peformance. I too lost the Lok Sabha election because of the Modi wave. How can we deny that?” Trivedi, who misplaced from Barrackpore, mentioned.
The former union minister deprecated the insider-outsider debate triggered by Mamata Banerjee, saying it was in opposition to the state’s cultural custom of liberalism.
“India is a liberal country and Bengal is one of the most liberal states. This Bengali and non-Bengali, insider and outsider debate is very much against the rich culture and heritage of Bengal. The state of Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda has no place for such debates,” he mentioned.
Trivedi deplored the marginalisation of the founding members of the TMC after the social gathering got here to energy.
“Before the TMC came to power, we would sit for three-four hours every day discussing party work and formalising strategy. But after we came to power, the founding members were nowhere and the party was taken over by somebody else. But why blame somebody else if those at the helm chose to keep quiet,” he mentioned.
He additionally criticised the Mamata Banerjee authorities for being in battle with Centre “all the time” and not permitting central welfare schemes to be applied in West Bengal, saying it harmed the state.
The former TMC veteran was apparently referring to the state refusing to implement the Ayushman Bharat scheme and belatedly agreeing to permit PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme for farmers.
When requested whether or not he had introduced up these points earlier than Banerjee, he mentioned these on the helm of a celebration or authorities must have a “robust information system”.
He mentioned the TMC got here to energy on the promise of “paribortan” (change) however the true change will occur solely when the rule of regulation is established. “There’s no rule of law at present,” he alleged.
“My commitment is to the people,” he mentioned when requested whether or not or not will he be accused of deserting the TMC forward of the meeting elections after having fun with the fruits of energy.
Trivedi mentioned a number of of his former TMC colleagues referred to as him up after his resignation and instructed him he did the suitable factor.