Panaji: Barely three months after joining Trinamool Congress (TMC), a former MLA on Friday tendered resignation from the party and accused it of trying to create a communal divide between Hindus and Christians.
The development has come ahead of the next year’s Assembly elections in Goa which will see a four-cornered contest among Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), TMC and Congress.
Lavoo Mamlatdar, former Ponda MLA, joined hands with the TMC in September. He was one of the first local leaders in Goa to join the Mamata Banerjee-led party.
While speaking to media following his resignation, he said, “I had joined the TMC because I was fully impressed with Mamata Banerjee-led party’s performance in West Bengal (Assembly polls held earlier this year).”
“I was under the impression that TMC is a very secular party. But from whatever I have noticed in the last 15-20 days, I came to know that it is worse than the BJP,” he alleged.
He went on to add, “As part of their pre-poll alliance, they want that the Christian votes should go to the TMC and Hindu votes to the MGP…The TMC is a communal party, which is trying to disturb the secular fabric.”
He accused the TMC of trying to collect the data of people in the name of its Griha Laxmi scheme.
“We have found that under its Laxmi Bhandar scheme introduced in West Bengal, only Rs 500 are given, while here they are promising Rs 5,000 to women under the Griha Laxmi scheme, which is next to impossible. The promise of the scheme is entirely to collect data from Goa,” he said.
The TMC has forged a pre-poll alliance with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), of which Mamlatdar was an MLA between 2012 and 2017.