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Tuesday , January 8 , 2013
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CPM seizes punch before panchayat poll
Attack to lend weight to ‘anarchy’ cry

Calcutta, Jan. 7: The CPM will “capitalise” on Trinamul’s alleged attack on Abdur Rezzak Mollah in the run-up to the panchayat polls, underscoring that the incident reflects the “general anarchy” in the state.

“Trinamul’s attack on the former minister is indicative of the lawlessness and general anarchy that’s going on in the state. We will have to capitalise on yesterday’s incident in our campaigns for the panchayat polls. Our party secretary (Biman Bose) has asked us to do this,” a CPM state secretariat member said today.

After a meeting at Alimuddin Street today, Bose said: “We will tell the people that the assault on Rezzak is one of the several incidents happening in Bengal ever since Trinamul came to power.”

At the Left Front meeting, Bose also urged partners to ask their cadres to highlight the attack on Mollah in their campaign speeches and explain the extent of violence that Trinamul has unleashed in the state.

“Please tell comrades of your parties to make this an issue in their campaigns. Rezzak didn’t go to Bhangar to provoke Trinamul. He went there to inquire about the burning down of our Kantatala party office and was attacked by Trinamul workers. If a senior Left leader and former minister is roughed up by Trinamul goons, people need to know what will happen to their security,’’ Bose was quoted as saying today.

Since the Left lost power in May 2011, Mollah had often issued statements that had caused embarrassment to the CPM leadership.

He was critical of former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s industrial policy vis-à-vis Singur saying, “hele dhorte parena, keute dhorte gachhe (one who cannot catch a harmless snake went to catch a poisonous one)”.

In this regard, Mollah had also taken swipes at former industries minister Nirupam Sen, describing him as the “nater guru” (villain of the piece).

Of late, Mollah had been staying away from CPM state committee meetings. He is said to have remarked among party workers that it would be difficult for the CPM to revive itself under the current leadership.

Asked whether standing by Mollah, despite his being a loose cannon, was a compulsion on the part of the CPM, a party leader said: “Rezzak Mollah is at times a pain for our party. He has been an embarrassment too. But we have the panchayat elections this year. So we must stand by him and use yesterday’s incident to tell the people about Trinamul-sponsored anarchy.’’

Leader of Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra today said that the Left Front legislature party would organise a sit-in outside the South 24-Parganas district headquarters at Alipore tomorrow to protest the attack on Mollah.

“He has been an MLA for 40 years. He was a minister, too. Such a senior person was beaten up and that reflects the culture of violence unleashed by Trinamul,’’ Mishra said.

Asked if he had given a 48-hour deadline to arrest Trinamul leader Arabul Islam, Mishra added: “We will participate in tomorrow’s sit-in. Simultaneously, the South 24-Parganas Left Front that has given the 48-hour arrest deadline will also participate in the sit-in. But it doesn’t seem that this person (Arabul) will be booked.’’

Bose, however, said that today’s Front meeting did not discuss any deadline for Arabul’s arrest.

“We didn’t give any arrest deadline. It was not discussed at today’s Front meeting,’’ he said.

Asked about Mollah’s claim that he was hit by Arabul, Bose could not say for sure if that happened but remarked: “It is heard that Arabul delivered a blow and other hoodlums under the Trinamul banner were there. This much I can say.’’