Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on March 1 hit back at his party colleague and deputy leader of opposition in Rajaya Sabha Anand Sharma for criticising party leaders after sharing the stage with an influential Muslim cleric at an election rally in Kolkata.
Chowdhury, who is also president of West Bengal Congress, said that comments by Sharma, a prominent member of the party’s dissident “G-23 group”, served the “polarising agenda of BJP”.
“Congress has got its full share of seats. Left Front is allocating seats from its share to the newly formed Indian Secular Front-ISF. Ur choice to call the decision of CPM led front ‘communal’ is only serving the polarising agenda of BJP,” Chowdhury said in one of the series of tweets tagging Anand Sharma.
The Indian Secular Front (ISF), a party founded by Abbas Siddiqui of the influential Furfura Sharif shrine in Hooghly district, formally joined the Left Front-Congress alliance for the West Bengal Assembly elections during a rally on February 28. The rally was attended by Chowdhury, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, and Congress in-charge of West Bengal Jitin Prasada.
West Bengal is going to polls in eight phases beginning March 27.
Sharma questioned the alliance on March 1 saying that it needed to be endorsed by the Congress Working Committee, the highest decision-making body of the party.
In August 2020, 23 senior party leaders had written to Gandhi calling for sweeping reforms, decentralisation of power, and urgent constitution of a central parliamentary board, among others. The leaders had argued that uncertainty over the leadership and the “drift” in the party had demoralised workers.