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Bengali Actor, Who Supported Mamata Banerjee, Blasts Her Over "Cut Money"

By Ndtv calender  24-Jul-2019

Bengali Actor, Who Supported Mamata Banerjee, Blasts Her Over "Cut Money"

Bengali actor and screenwriter Rudranil Ghosh, known to be close to the Trinamool Congress (TMC), has criticised the party on the 'cut-money' and also Mamata Banerjee's counter-attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 'black money'.
Ghosh, a former student leader and an ardent admirer of the erstwhile Left Front government, switched allegiance to the TMC after it came to power in 2011. Ghosh, a TMC star campaigner and a regular at the party's annual July 21 Marty's Day rally, gave the event a miss this year. It triggered the speculation that he might join the BJP.
"I am not a political worker, but just a supporter of a political ideology and a government. The present situation made me feel that if I go (to July 21 rally), I will be supporting the wrong-doings.
"The news of local leaders' rude behaviour that has distanced people from the party (as seen in the election results) doesn't reach the supremo Mamata Banerjee or she listens selectively," he said in an interview with a TV channel.
"She brought to fore the word 'cut-money' following which people (read TMC functionaries and public representatives) are returning some amount. It is creating a perception that the party runs on cut-money. I also didn't like countering the cut-money issue with black money," Ghosh said.
According to him, the people raising questions are being distanced from the party. He called it unfortunate that there was no scope of talking to Banerjee, around whom the TMC is built.
Expressing his frustration, Ghosh said he was a star campaigner for the TMC during the tough 2014 Lok Sabha and the 2016 Assembly elections. "However, in the Expressing his frustration, Ghosh said he was a star campaigner for the TMC during the tough 2014 Lok Sabha and the 2016 Assembly elections. "However, in the 2019 general elections, I was not a star campaigner. That tag went to some of those who are politically naive".2019 general elections, I was not a star campaigner. That tag went to some of those who are politically naive".
The actor of the 'Vinci Da' fame also wondered how much poll strategist Prashant Kishor, roped in recently by the party after the Lok Sabha setback, knew about the ground reality of West Bengal.

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