Durgapur, Dec. 12: Residents of the constituencies of CPM MLAs Gouranga Chatterjee and Deblina Hembram brought out rallies today to protest the alleged assault on the legislators by Trinamul leaders in the Assembly yesterday.
“We know Gouranga for three decades. He is honest and soft-spoken. What happened in the House was hooliganism. The attack on Gouranga was uncalled for. It was a shame,” said Bhismalochan Bandopadhyay, a retired schoolteacher in Pandabeswar, Chatterjee’s constituency in Burdwan.
Chatterjee had allegedly intervened when Hembram and Trinamul’s Mahamuda Begum were fighting and was reportedly beaten up by Trinamul legislators. He was taken to SSKM Hospital in Calcutta yesterday but released after a check-up.
In Hembram’s constituency Ranibandh in Bankura, roadblocks and street-corner meetings were held today.
“Such an attack is unprecedented. I have been an MLA twice. I have never seen such violence in the House. Not even the seasoned legislators have experienced such behaviour,” CPM Bankura district secretary Amiya Patra said.
Ranibandh zonal committee secretary Ajit Ghosh said Hembram was a former minister and senior legislator who had been elected thrice in 1996, 2006 and 2011.
“Not only that, she represents the backward tribal classes in the region. A leader of that stature being attacked in the House cannot be accepted,” he added.