Amid the ongoing war of words between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress, the ruling camp in West Bengal on Friday launched a fresh attack on the grand old party, stating that it has gone into a "deep freezer" with opposition forces now looking up to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to fill the vacuum.
The TMC, which had been inducting disgruntled Congress leaders in its fold, iterated in its mouthpiece Jago Bangla that it was committed to fight the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Referring to Prashant Kishor's latest tweet against the Congress, the article said it's not just the poll strategist but also Congress leaders themselves who are criticising the party leadership.
"The TMC has been saying this for a long time that the Congress is a spent force. They don't have the zeal to fight the BJP. The party is so bogged down by infighting that it hardly has time or energy to build an opposition. The UPA does not exist," the article titled 'Congress in deep freezer' said.
"The country currently needs an alternative front and opposition parties have given that responsibility to Mamata Banerjee. They are looking up to her to fill the vacuum. She is presently the most popular opposition face in the country," it said.
Kishor, on Thursday, took to Twitter and said that Congress' leadership is not the "divine right" of an individual, especially when the party has "lost more than 90% elections in last 10 years", in an apparent dig at senior leader Rahul Gandhi.
Banerjee during her recent visit to Mumbai had said that "UPA doesn't exist".
The ruling camp of West Bengal, which is trying to expand its footprint nationally, has been up in arms against the grand old party over its alleged failure to counter the BJP.
In a massive jolt to the opposition Congress in Meghalaya, 12 of its 17 MLAs, led by former chief minister Mukul Sangma, joined the TMC last week.
The TMC, in its bid to enter Tripura's political arena in a big way, recently engaged in a bitter battle with the BJP during the municipal elections there. It is also gearing up to contest the assembly elections in Goa to pitch Banerjee firmly as the foremost anti-BJP opposition voice.
Earlier, the TMC, in its mouthpiece, had termed the Congress as an "incapable and incompetent" party, and maintained that the Mamata Banerjee-led camp cannot be blamed for Congress leaders jumping ship.
The ties between the Congress and the TMC got further strained after 'Jago Bangla' recently claimed that party supremo Mamata Banerjee, and not Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, has emerged as the face of the opposition against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.