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Hall opened, MLA cries foul

Balurghat, Feb. 28: Gangarampur Trinamul MLA Satyen Roy has alleged that he was not invited by the party-run zilla parishad in South Dinajpur for the inauguration of an auditorium today.

The hall had been inaugurated once in 2012 by the then Left-run zilla parishad and today, the CPM alleged that Trinamul was trying to lay claim to the project.

Roy said he was not invited to today’s event although he was “willing” to attend. “I was not invited to the function. I was willing to attend the programme. I will take up the matter with my party,” he said.

Today, Trinamul’s South Dinajpur district president and Assembly secretary Biplab Mitra inaugurated the auditorium along with district magistrate Tapas Chaudhury and police superintendent Prasun Banerjee.

When asked why Roy was not invited, Lalita Tigga, zilla parishad sabhadhipati, refused comment.

Rabindra Bhavan was inaugurated on November 2, 2012, by the then CPM sabhadhipati Magdalina Murmu. Trinamul activists had held a demonstration and Murmu was not allowed to enter the premises. She had announced the “official” inauguration of the auditorium from a place 1.5km away.

The two-storied Rabindra Bhavan is in ward 13 of Gangarampur which is 45km from here. The auditorium has 1,000-odd seats.

“Around Rs 7 crore was spent for the construction. We need around Rs 1 crore more for installing a transformer and air conditioning. If it was inaugurated earlier, why no functions have been held till now?” asked Mitra.

CPM leader and former minister Narayan Biswas said: “The auditorium was inaugurated by the then sabhadhipati. But Trinamul is claiming that the project is their success. People know everything. What they are doing is nothing but a farce.”

District magistrate Chaudhury said: “The zilla parishad decides who is to be invited. I did not see any board mentioning the earlier inauguration. I don’t know about it.”