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Rivals’ rally face-off

Calcutta, July 11: CPM state secretary Biman Bose today asked party workers in South 24-Parganas to organise a “big” rally tomorrow to protest the alleged Trinamul attack on Abdul Rezzak Mollah and use the platform to consolidate the Left’s base in the run-up to the panchayat elections next year.

Trinamul has decided to hold a counter-rally near the venue of the CPM meeting tomorrow and “respond” to comments made by the Left. Former Trinamul MLA from Bhangar, Arabul Islam, who the CPM alleged was behind yesterday’s attack, said: “We chose the same place as we want to respond to what the CPM says tomorrow to the people of the locality.’’

Bose has conveyed his instruction to Mollah, a former land reforms minister, and Kanti Ganguly, a former sports and Sunderbans development affairs minister, a source said.

The CPM has requested all Left Front allies to attend the rally. Surjya Kanta Mishra and Gautam Deb of the CPM are expected to attend the meeting.

“Bimanda has asked the South 24-Parganas’ party leadership to make tomorrow’s meeting a big and successful one so that the rally can be utilised to consolidate our organisation in the district for the panchayat polls. Bimanda said the rally should send a message to the people that the CPM hasn’t given up its fight against Trinamul anarchy,’’ the source said.

The CPM meeting will be held in Kashipur, a 10-minute walk from the party’s Bhangar zonal committee II office, where yesterday’s alleged attack took place.

Mollah said today: “I have been instructed to put up a good show tomorrow. The idea is to protest yesterday’s attack on me and some of our cadres by Trinamul, which is trying to dent our base here.’’