Siliguri, Nov. 26: Sniffing at the prospect of coming to power in the state in 2011, the Trinamul Congress tried to appear responsible today saying it would not tolerate undemocratic behaviour by its rank and file.
Trinamul general secretary and leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Partha Chatterjee said: “We are keen to launch movements on relevant issues across the state. But we insist that our leaders and workers should stick to democratic norms and do nothing undesirable.”
He was here to review the November 23 incident in which some party members heckled and jostled with heath minister Surjya Kanta Mishra at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. The protesters were arrested next day and granted bail.
Chatterjee met the party leaders of the six north Bengal districts at the PWD inspection bungalow and discussed the matter. “We have removed two of our district leaders who were involved in Monday’s incident from posts. Our colleagues are also looking into the allegations brought against them,” he said after the meeting.
The Trinamul leader, however, defended the movement against the poor healthcare services at the NBMCH. “I would say launching demonstrations at NBMCH where healthcare services are at its worst was rational. During the CPM regime, the government healthcare services have deteriorated to the most awful low,” he said.
In today’s meeting, Trinamul district leaders were asked to prepare a report comprising the state of affairs in their areas focussing on lack of development and services in different government sectors and status of welfare schemes.
“We will hold the next meeting of the north Bengal core committee in Malda where we will compile the reports and submit a master report to Mamata Banerjee who will decide the party’s future course of action in the region,” the Trinamul leader said.
Chatterjee, who had led a demonstration on the North Bengal University premises yesterday, said they had set a deadline of November 30 for the vice-chancellor to trace the alleged corrupt practices at the varsity. “Otherwise, we will take up the issues with the governor who is the chancellor of NBU,” he added.