Kolkata: Trinamool Congress MP Subhendu Adhikari, who sparked a controversy with his assertion that he knew how many have conducted and won the recent Lok Sabha elections, on Sunday claimed that he meant the CPI(M) and not his party colleagues.
"Many others have won by large margins too, and I thank them, but we know in what manner they conducted the elections and how they won," Adhikari, who retained the Tamluk constituency in East Midnapore district by a margin of over 2.45 lakh votes, said at a meeting in the district yesterday.
Adhikari, who has been removed as the party`s youth wing president and made a general secretary, denied having targeted any TMC MP by his comments and claimed that he had meant the CPI(M).
"I indicated the CPI(M) while saying this," Adhikari told.
"I am Trinamool Congress MP and a party worker. I am a disciplined man. I will not say anything that may put the party in any uneasy situation," Adhikari, who had been in the forefront of the party`s Nandigram agitation in 2007, said.
Asked about party supremo Mamata Banerjee`s decision to remove him as the youth wing president and appoint him as a TMC general secretary, Adhikari said, "It is the decision of our supreme leader. It is she who will decide as to who will be what in the party."
"I have been in the post for five years," he said.
Asked whether he was unhappy with the party supremo`s decision, Adhikari said, "If I have anything to say, I will say that within the party forum."
The TMC leadership, however, refused to comment on it during a press conference here today.
Two days ago, party supremo Mamata Banerjee had removed him from the post of Trinamool Congress youth wing president. He was nominated as one of the party`s general secretaries along with his critic and Haldia MLA Shiuli Saha.
During his speech yesterday, Adhikari said that some people had claimed that his popularity had dipped and his winning margin would decrease this time.
"But the people helped me win by 245,611 votes, compared
to the margin of 172,688 the last time," Adhikari, whose father Sishir Adhikari is also a TMC Lok Sabha MP from adjoining Kanthi constituency, had said.
Trinamool Congress secretary-general Partha Chatterjee refused to say anything on the issue during a press conference at the party headqquarter, where he took on the BJP.
The issue drew reactions from opposition parties in the state, with the state Congress president Adhir Chowdhury claiming that Adhikari said what he has been alleging all along.
"Vote was looted in Bengal. Everyone knows rigging was done during the elections," Chowdhury said reiterating his allegation that the TMC had indulged in electoral malpractices.
"We don`t need to know rocket science to understand that rigging took place," he said.
CPI(M) MP Mohd Salim said that "if the party runs under an autocrat, resentment is bound to take place. He made it very clear how elections were conducted."
Told that Adhikari has claimed that he meant the CPI(M) by his comments yesterday, Salim said, "All said and done, the cat is out of the bag."