New Delhi: Senior Congress leader Salman
Khurshid Thursday sought to justify party workers` protest in
West Bengal against a move to rechristen a building in Kolkata
named after Indira Gandhi saying they are emotionally attached
to the late prime minister.
Recalling Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee`s past
association with his party, he said, "I don`t think that
Mamataji is stranger to how Congress people feel about
Indiraji. I am sure that she shares those feelings."
At the same time, he said he was not fully aware of the
local politics involving the issue.
"What the compulsions are and what politics at the
moment, the ground level politics in West Bengal, I cannot
comment on... I am not fully aware of it," Khurshid told
His comments came a day after party MP Deepa Dasmunshi
strongly reacted to Banerjee`s attack on Congress in which the
latter had alleged collusion between the party leaders and
CPI-M in West Bengal.
A strain in Congress-Trinamool ties came to fore on the
Lokpal issue in which Banerjee`s party strongly opposed the
bill`s passage in the Rajya Sabha.
The Indira Bhavan renaming issue saw the differences
between the two allies reaching a flashpoint even as the
Congress has been maintaining that there was no rift.