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Whiff of plot in CPM arrests
- Priya sees conspiracy to end party reign in Murshidabad q Adhir puts leadership in spot

Raiganj, Nov. 4: The arrest of former minister Narayan Biswas and South Dinajpur district secretary of the CPM Manabesh Chowdhury was nothing but a ploy of Alimuddin Street to snare Congress MP from Behrampore Adhir Chowdhury.

The plan, believes Union minister for water resources Priya Ranjan Das Munshi, who was here this evening, is to end Congress dominance in Murshidabad before next year's Assembly elections.

The minister also said the ruling Left Front could stoop low enough to implicate Adhir Chowdhury's wife Arpita in the double murder case of June 23 this year.

'I have asked chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, and CPM state secretary Anil Biswas not to involve family members in political battles. It is in very bad taste,' Das Munshi said.

He announced he would attend a public rally in Behrampore on November 9, where Congress supporters will express their solidarity with the parliamentarian.

'Biswas and Manabesh Chowdhury were allowed to roam free for 16 years and were told to surrender since the Assembly elections are nearing. The move is so obvious,' he said.

Das Munshi also apprehended that police might plant incriminating evidence like drugs or arms in Adhir Chowdhury's residence in his absence.

'Nothing is beyond the Marxists,' he said.

The Union minister said he wanted veteran Congress leader and MP from Malda A.B.A. Ghani Khan Chowdhury by his side on the Adhir issue.

The Murshidabad chief judicial magistrate had yesterday declared the Congress MP from Behrampore an 'absconder' in connection with the twin murders in which his wife has been accused.

Das Munshi, who visited Ghani Khan at his Malda residence this morning, had a prolonged discussion on state politics with him.

'The CPM is after Adhir Chowdhury in Murshidabad. We are going to Behrampore on November 9. We want you to be there with us. The Congress workers will be enthused if you go there physically,' Das Munshi told the Malda MP.

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