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Invite ire at CM meet

Behrampore, Dec. 16: The chief of the Congress-run Murshidabad zilla parishad has not been invited to an administrative meeting the chief minister will chair tomorrow, prompting Adhir Chowdhury to term the move “political vendetta”.

Murshidabad zilla parishad sabhadhipati Siladitya Chowdhury is among Congress and CPM leaders in the rural bodies of the district who have not been invited to the meeting, in which development projects and their status would be discussed.

The decision to drop Siladitya from tomorrow’s meeting in Rejinagar stood out before the Congress and CPM leaders, who said his presence “is required at a meeting where the progress of projects would be reviewed”.

“This is a political vendetta against me. It is not fair to discuss pending development projects of Murshidabad in Siladitya’s absence,” Adhir, the Behrampore Congress strongman and junior railway minister, said.

According to Adhir, as Siladitya had been overseeing the development projects in all the 254 gram panchayats across Murshidabad as the chief of the zilla parishad, he “should have been invited”.

“It appears that the meeting is being convened to chalk out a strategy on how to ensure Adhir Chowdhury’s defeat in next year’s Lok Sabha elections at the expense of the government exchequer,” the minister said.

Echoing Adhir, CPM district secretary Mriganka Bhattacharya accused the ruling Trinamul “of establishing dalatantra (one-party rule) in Bengal” by throttling the democratic rights of people.

Trinamul leaders defended the decision not to invite the Opposition leaders.

“This is a meeting between the chief minister and administrative officers, right from the block level comprising BDOs, SDOs, to additional district magistrates and the DM. Even I have not been invited for tomorrow’s meeting, nor our two MLAs,” said Trinamul’s Murshidabad president Mohammed Ali.