AGARTALA, April 3 - Congress looks set to face a vertical split with opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman coming out against the High Command�s decision of party�s electoral understanding with CPI (M) in West Bengal.
�As a Congress worker, I have never dreamt of facing such an awkward situation � joining hands with CPI(M) which had killed and tortured so many party leaders, workers and supporters�, he told a cable TV channel here on Saturday night.
�The electoral understanding between two opposite ideologies will not be accepted by the people in Tripura, a Marxist-ruled State. It will have a serious consequence for the party in the days to come�, he continued.
Not only Roy Barman, his close aide YCC president Sushanta Chowdhury has also sharply criticised party vice president Rahul Gandhi�s statement to fight together with CPM to oust the Trinamool Congress Government in West Bengal.
In other words, both Barman and his disciple have virtually crossed the party�s �Laxman Rekha� thereby inviting disciplinary action against them.
Sources, however, claimed, a major section of party MLAs, workers and supporters are all set to join Trinamool Congress very shortly after the West Bengal polls.
Of the total 10 MLAs, at least six Congress legislators � Sudip Roy Barman, Asish Saha, Biswabandhu Sen, DC Hrangkhawl, Dilip Sarkar and Jitendra Sarkar are expected to join Trinamool Congress very shortly.
However, PCC president Birajit Sinha and Gopal Roy would remain with the party despite the awkward situation in the hope that party�s �achhe din� will come.
Taking advantage of the situation, the BJP has already geared up to consolidate its foot hold in the Marxist-ruled State by mobilising its organisation. Eying the 2018 Assembly elections in the State, the party has set a target of completing booth level committees across the State by May 31 next.
The party has also decided to hold the State executive committee meeting within a week of the national executive meeting. Likewise, district and booth level meetings should be held in regular intervals. Side by side, the party has also initiated a move to produce quality leaders at the local level by organising mock parliament.
�Core group of each morcha has to be placed for smooth functioning of frontal organisations. This will give extra impetus to the State level organisation�, said a senior party leader here on Sunday.