April 12: Murshidabad Trinamul leader Humayun Kabir was today show-caused by his party for criticising the leadership for giving the Congress’s Adhir Chowdhury “political mileage” by trying to implicate him in cases.
“Kabir has embarrassed the party at a time we are fighting a tough battle in the Congress bastion (Murshidabad). That is why he has been show-caused,” a Trinamul leader in Calcutta said tonight.
Hours after Kabir’s comments this afternoon, Trinamul’s Behrampore candidate Indranil Sen called a news conference and declared that no Trinamul leader in the district other than him would speak to reporters. Sen had recently identified factional feuds as the main reason for the party’s poor performance in elections in Murshidabad.
An FIR has been lodged against Adhir, junior railway minister and Behrampore Congress MP, following the murder of a Trinamul worker on April 9. Kabir, the Murshidabad Trinamul working president, had told reporters yesterday that the move to implicate Adhir in cases that were not watertight was “giving political mileage to him and his party”.
Before he was show-caused today, Kabir had told reporters: “Tell me, why was Adhir named as the last accused in the FIR against 28 people in connection with the murder of Badal Sheikh? I wonder if some of our party leaders and some policemen are conniving to implicate Adhir in cases to give him political mileage before the polls.”
Kabir had been a close aide to Adhir before he fell out with the Murshidabad Congress president and joined Trinamul in 2012.
Today, he told reporters about “another futile effort by our party” to implicate Adhir in a murder case in 2011.
“He obtained bail. Such failed attempts are giving the Congress the chance to launch a vociferous campaign against us,” Kabir added.
He tore into district Trinamul president Mohammad Ali, who is contesting the Murshidabad Lok Sabha seat, for “sidelining” him. “It had been decided that both of us would jointly oversee the organisation in the district,” Kabir said.
He said tonight that he was yet to receive the show-cause notice.
At the news conference following Kabir’s comments, Behrampore candidate Sen said: “Henceforth, no party leader apart from me will speak to reporters in the district. I shall meet reporters on Wednesdays and Saturdays.”
Sen refused comment on Kabir’s statements.
Trinamul leaders in Chandrakona, West Midnapore, have been accused of holding a meeting on April 7 and deciding that10 CPM leaders and activists would be beheaded on May 16, when the Lok Sabha poll results are to be announced.
Police are probing the allegation on the basis of a complaint lodged by the CPM with the local block development officer. The CPM alleged that the 10 targets were being threatened by Trinamul.
Trinamul leaders Uttam Ghatak and Prasanta Pan, who have been accused of organising the meeting, denied the allegation. “No such decision was taken at the workers’ meeting. These are lies being spread by the Opposition,” Ghatak said.
An Election Commission official said the panel would seek a report from the West Midnapore administration. “If our probe establishes the CPM’s claim, the accused will be dealt with sternly,” he said.