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Mondal’s poll ‘gesture’

Bolpur, April 23: Birbhum Trinamul chief Anubrata Mondal today told party workers at a rally to conduct the Lok Sabha polls the way the “CPM had done for 34 years”, adding “ishara hi kafi hain (only a gesture is enough)”.

“Don’t vote for the CPM, Congress or the BJP. Conduct the polls the way the CPM had done for 34 years. Only a gesture is enough,” Mondal said at the campaign rally in Bolpur in the presence of Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy, actor-MP Mithun Chakraborty and party candidate Anupam Hazra.

Asked about his comments, Mondal told this newspaper after the meeting: “Ask the CPM. If they always conducted elections like gentlemen, we will do the same.”

The Election Commission, which had earlier reprimanded the Birbhum Trinamul president for an alleged provocative speech, refused comment on Mondal’s remarks today, saying it was yet to get a report from the district authorities.

Birbhum CPM secretary Dilip Ganguly said: “What Anubrata Mondal said today suggests that the party will resort to rigging. But the CPM never resorted to any undemocratic activity. We will lodge a complaint with the Election Commission tomorrow.”

A Trinamul rebel’s father was shot dead before last year’s panchayat polls four days after Mondal told party workers to burn down the houses of dissidents and bomb police if they came to the rescue. At another rally later, Mondal had likened the Opposition to “rats that must be killed”.