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Telling signs at Biman rally

Tamluk, July 25: Many top CPM leaders in East Midnapore today remained absent from party state secretary Biman Bose’s public rally in the district, prompting some to apprehend a mass desertion.

Those who did not attend the Left Front rally in Tamluk town included Tamalika Panda Seth, wife of expelled leader Lakshman Seth and former chairperson of Haldia municipality; Ashok Guria, a district secretariat member; Sudarshan Manna, the Haldia zonal secretary; and over 100 zonal and local committee members.

Bose wrapped up today’s speech in 25 minutes.

Asked about the no-show by senior district leaders, he said: “I won’t say anything on this. You can ask questions but you won’t be able to extract a single word from me.”

CPM sources said Tamalika had called a news conference in East Midnapore at 10am tomorrow. An hour later, CPM politburo member Surjya Kanta Mishra will hold a party meeting in the district.

Sources in the CPM’s East Midnapore unit said most leaders who did not attend today’s programme could snap their ties with the party in the next few days.

Rabin Deb, who has been overseeing the East Midnapore unit of the CPM, could not be contacted today despite repeated attempts.

The East Midnapore unit of the CPM is in disarray since Lakshman was expelled before the Lok Sabha polls.

Tamalika could not be contacted today. District secretariat member Guria criticised the state leadership.

“The state leadership is responsible for the party’s drubbing in the Lok Sabha polls. A change in the top leadership is necessary,” he said.