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Assault blow on Trinamul

Trinamul trade union leader Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said he was “hurt” that the party leadership had not yet taken action against the members of a rival Inttuc faction who had assaulted him at Calcutta University on Tuesday.

He said he would even consider leaving the party he has been with since its inception if he suffered any more insult.

“I have never asked my party for anything. I want to serve the party with my honour intact. If that does not happen, what is the point in continuing? Asamman niye dal korbo na (I won’t remain in the party if I am insulted).... Action should have been taken against them (the attackers) immediately. I am hurt that it hasn’t happened,” said the leader, also chief whip of Trinamul in the Assembly.

“Had CPM workers assaulted me, it would have hurt a lot less. But my own partymen assaulted me.”

Chattopadhyay has lodged a police complaint against some members of the rival faction, led by Inttuc state president Dola Sen with the blessings of party MP Mukul Roy.

The union members had allegedly grabbed Chattopadhyay by the collar and pushed him when he went to the university to attend a meeting of the Calcutta University Trinamul Employees’ Association. The association has decided to hold a silent protest march on Thursday.

He said he had called up Mamata Banerjee, Bratya Basu and Mukul Roy and narrated the incident to them.

Chattopadhyay’s comments come at a time Mamata is trying to control the damage caused by minister Rabindranath Bhattacharya’s outburst.