West Bengal Chief Minister and leader of Trinamool Congress Mamata Banerjee appears to be sternly addressing her party member Mahua Moitra at a meeting in a video that is being widely circulated online.
According to reports, the CM was upset over the conflicts going on the party ahead of the polls and sent out the message in a administrative review meeting at Krsihnangar in Nadia district. The Member of Parliament Mahua Moitra was present on stage with the CM.
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CM Banerjee says in Bengali, "Mahua, let me give a clear message here. I don't need to see who is against whom. If someone does not like a person, he or she puts up some news on YouTube or in newspapers. This kind of politics can go for one day but not forever. And for only one person to be in the same place forever, that is also not right."
She added that when there is an election, the party will decide who will contest and who will not and that there should be no difference of opinion. "I am telling you, everyone should work together," she says. In the video, Moitra is seen silently nodding to Banerjee.
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As per a report of NDTV, Moitra said that the clip was "local fight and not worth it." With the video, Moitra has been trending on Twitter. Many people have been giving negative remarks for Moitra for being publically reprimanded party members while others have come out in support. They accused Banerjee of humiliating her valuable party leaders.
CM Banerjee also addressed another party leader and asked him about some videos posted on YouTube of a protest by a rival party that had accused the party leader of corruption in housing scheme. Banerjee said that she is aware who is behind the "game". She said that the video was planted in the media and that she has cross-checked it through the Criminal Investigation Department.
In Nadia district of West Bengal, Mahua Moitra was the party in-charge. As per reports TMC's performance in the area is not as good as in rest of the state. The area has 17 seats out of which nine were won by Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP).