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Adhikari rally tug of war
- Rival distances party from Subhendu show of strength

Calcutta, June 6: A Trinamul leader posted in East Midnapore to challenge the authority of the Adhikaris today sought to distance the party from a rally Tamluk MP Subhendu’s aides have planned on June 15 as an apparent show of strength.

“The party has nothing to do with the felicitation programme. I cannot say who is doing what, but this not a party event,” said Akhil Giri, who is sharing the post of East Midnapore Trinamul president with Subhendu’s father, Contai MP Sisir.

“He (Subhendu) did not win the Lok Sabha election because of his popularity. His won because of the party. Let him contest the panchayat polls after leaving the party and see the result,” Giri told reporters in the Assembly lobby before Trinamul secretary-general Partha Chatterjee intervened and told him not to speak to the media.

Sources said the rally, where Subhendu will be felicitated for his victory in the Lok Sabha elections, would be held in Nimtouri, near Tamluk, and 1 lakh people were expected to attend it.

The rally will be held at a time Subhendu has been replaced as the state president of the Trinamul Youth Congress. The move prompted Subhendu to take a swipe at the victory margins of some candidates and his supporters to protest.

A source close to Subhendu today said the MP’s camp was not attaching much importance to Giri’s comments. “Let some people say whatever they want. Let’s see how far they can go,” he said.

Leaders close to Subhendu are trying to put pressure on the top leadership to reinstate the MP as the state youth wing chief. Subhendu’s supporters have blocked roads and burnt effigies of Trinamul all-India general secretary Mukul Roy.

Zilla parishad post

Members of the East Midnapore zilla parishad known to be close to Subhendu today abstained from voting to elect the karmadhyakshya.

Aparna Bhattacharya, the wife of Trinamul’s Chandipur MLA Amiya Bhattacharya, was elected to the post as another faction voted for her. A Trinamul source said Subhendu did not want Aparna as the karmadhyakshya.