GUWAHATI: In a sudden turn of events, Dwipen Pathak, president of the Assam unit of Trinamool Congress (TMC), on Thursday resigned from the party accusing the party top brass including the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of taking an anti-Assam stand after the publication of the complete draft NRC on Monday.
Pathak’s resignation came at a time when an eight-member delegation of the party, which landed in the State to assess the post-NRC publication situation, was stopped and confined by the Assam Police at the Silchar airport on Thursday
“I had told the TMC MPs not to come to the State at this moment. But despite my advice, the TMC delegation reached Silchar on Thursday. It seems that the TMC top brass are now out to spread hatred and tension among the people of Assam on the pretext of inclusion and exclusion of names in the draft NRC. I completely believe that there is no move to throw the Bengali-speaking people or any other community out of the State through the NRC update. But the TMC top brass are thinking complete reverse. Under such circumstances, I cannot work with them in principle and so I’m quitting the post of State president of TMC with immediate effect,” Pathak told reporters.
Pathak said despite his repeated requests the TMC top brass are not interested in highlighting real issues such as flood and erosion at the national level in right perspective.