The 19 Trinamool Congress MPs should resign before the party moves a no-confidence motion against the UPA government, Congress leader Deepa Dasmunshi on Tuesday said, claiming they were elected with the help of Congress.
"The number of Trinamool Congress MPs in the Lok Sabha rose to 19 from only one with the help of Congress. She (Mamata) should tell her MPs to step down now and get elected. If they win on their own, they can move the motion," Dasmunshi told a meeting of her party here at the Haldia Dock.
Dasmunshi, also a Union minister of state for Urban Development, said without the help of Congress, the TMC's strength could not have gone upto 19 from just one.
Mamata Banerjee became the Railway minister after she gave her support to the UPA. She made promises one after the other, in some cases without the approval of the Planning Commission.
She should remain "grateful" to the Congress in which she began her political career.
Blaming the TMC government for "bringing disaster" on the state through 'gross mismanagement and maladministration, Dasmunshi alleged that an anarchy had been let loose, proved by the recent crisis in the Haldia port.
In its one-and-a-half-year rule the state has climbed to the number one spot in the country's rape list, which goes to prove that law and order was deteriorating.
"Industry is closing down, no new investment is coming up and the government fails to frame a clear land acquisition policy. The chief minister should then answer how development will take place in the state," she said.
"We acknowledge that she has struggled a lot to reach the zenith of power, but she was also going down as fast," Dasmunshi said.
Regarding the Haldia port crisis triggered by the pullout of a cargo-handling company, she alleged that dirty politics and corruption had become day-to-day affairs in the port and demanded a CBI probe to unravel the truth behind the impasse.
"Haldia is not only a major port in the country and property of the government, but also a heritage of the state," she said announcing that the Congress would launch its movement to save the port if a CBI probe was refused.
While Dasmunshi was going to address the meeting, her car was forcibly stopped by some alleged TMC activists in Nandakumar area. After a few minutes she was allowed to go, the police said.