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Biman speech caution after leader’s CM barb

Behrampore, March 9: CPM state secretary Biman Bose today instructed leaders to avoid making provocative speeches and instead reach out to people, a day after party MLA Anisur Rahman’s remarks targeting the chief minister.

Hattali kurobar janya garam garam baktabya rakhben ta hobena. Eshob garam garam baktabya bandha korun (Making provocative statements to earn applause will not be allowed. Stop making provocative speeches),” Bose said at a CPM workers’ meeting in Behrampore. Rahman was sitting behind him on the dais.

Rahman, the CPM MLA from Domkol in Murshidabad, had made suggestive remarks about the chief minister at a public meeting in Birbhum’s Rampurhat yesterday. He had not named Mamata Banerjee in his speech, but had mentioned her as chief minister all through.

Bose today urged party workers at the grassroots to reach out to the masses. “You will have to listen to their grievances. Listen more to people and talk less,” the CPM state secretary told the rally.

He, however, declined to say anything about Rahman’s remarks when journalists approached him on the sidelines of the event. “I don’t know what Anisur Rahman has said. But I will inquire,” the Left Front chairman said.

Rahman denied having said anything “wrong”. “I don’t find anything wrong in what I said,” the CPM MLA said.

Yesterday was not the first time Rahman made such remarks about the chief minister. In November 2012, the CPM MLA had passed similar statements about the chief minister and apologised publicly a few days later following instruction from the party leadership.

The former CPM MP from Hooghly’s Arambagh, Anil Basu, had also made suggestive comments about Mamata Banerjee in the run up to the 2011 Assembly elections. After criticism from Alimuddin Street, Basu was expelled from the CPM in 2012.

Asked about Rehman’s remarks, Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy said today: “It is expected that political leaders would maintain decorum while speaking against opponents. There should be healthy competition.”