West Bengal Pradesh Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday lauched a scathing attack by putting up a brave face after facing criticism from within his own party over his decision to ally with Furfura Sharif cleric Abbas Siddiqui's Indian Secular Front (ISF). The ISF has joined the CPM-Congress alliance ahead of the Bengal Assembly elections.
Questioning about fellow Congressman Anand Sharma's criticism of the alliance, a visibly upset Chowdhury said, "What I am doing everything is being communicated to my high command."
"Congress cannot be selective in fighting communalists but must do so in all its manifestations, irrespective of religion and colour. The presence and endorsement [of] West Bengal PCC President is painful and shameful, he must clarify," Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma had said.
Querying on Chowdhury's decision to align with parties like ISF, Sharma went on to add that such steps were against the "core ideology of the party and Gandhian and Nehruvian secularism, which forms the soul of the party".
For the unversed, Chowdhury had also accused Sharma of harming the interests of the Congress. He said, "Would urge a select group of distinguished Congressmen to rise above always seeking personal comfort spots & stop wasting time singing praises of PM. They owe a duty to strengthen the Party & not undermine the tree that nurtured them."
He was referring to veteran Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's appreciation towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Both Azad and Sharma are part of the group of 23 Congressmen, which is unofficially referred to as 'G-23'.