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Cong to take grouse to Delhi

Calcutta, Sept. 2: A state Congress team will visit Delhi tomorrow to speak to the high command about “unbridled attacks” on party workers by Trinamul activists across Bengal.

“Trinamul activists have unleashed terror on our party workers after the Assembly elections last year. Its main objective is to wipe out the Congress from the state. We need a directive from the high command on what we should do regarding the unbridled Trinamul attacks on our activists,” Pradesh Congress Committee vice-president Debaprasad Basu said this afternoon.

He said the murder of 75-year-old party leader Satyanarayan Karmarkar by alleged Trinamul-backed goons in Burdwan’s Galshi on Thursday night was the immediate trigger for the Delhi visit.

State Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya, who will be part of the delegation, said “the time was ripe for the Delhi leadership to take a stern stand on Trinamul-sponsored attacks on our leaders and activists”.

An AICC leader said from Delhi tonight that the leadership could not afford “to antagonise the Bengal chief minister and her party at this juncture”.

“We have been passing through a bad phase these days, with the BJP stalling Parliament over coal block allocations. We want Trinamul MPs to stand by us in this hour of crisis,” he said.

The leader suggested that the PCC leadership settle the matter with Trinamul at the state level.

A Trinamul general secretary said: “The Congress is trying to cover up their organisational weakness by highlighting some stray attacks on their workers.”