Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee with Subhashini Ali at the Naihati rally. (Bhabatosh Chakraborty)
Naihati, April 13: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today criticised Mamata Banerjee for “being seen in the company” of Anubrata Mondal, three days after Calcutta High Court referred to the same issue to wonder aloud “are we in safe hands?”
At a rally in Naihati to campaign for Barrackpore CPM candidate Subhashini Ali, the former chief minister said without naming Birbhum Trinamul president Mondal: “A district Trinamul leader told party workers to set ablaze the houses of (dissidents contesting as) Independents in (last year’s) panchayat elections. He told his men to hurl bombs at police if they came to the rescue. And, most surprisingly, the chief minister is being seen in his company, addressing election meetings. Can you imagine such a scenario?”
“Had I been chief minister, I would have got him arrested that very night,” CPM politburo member Bhatacharjee said at the rally, attended by around 3,000 people.
Four days after Mondal’s provocative speech, Sagar Ghosh, the father of a Trinamul dissident contesting as an Independent, was shot dead by suspected party workers. Mondal is one of the 41 named in the FIR.
On Wednesday, Mamata shared the dais with the Birbhum Trinamul chief at a rally in Burdwan, a day after which Justice Dipankar Dutta of the high court took “judicial note of the fact that accused Mondal has the blessings of the chief minister”.
On Friday, the government pleader moved the division bench of Chief Justice A.K. Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi and sought a stay on Dutta’s order summoning the DGP and asking him to explain why no action was taken against Mondal. The division bench granted a three-week stay.
SIT turned away
Three members of the high court-appointed special investigation team (SIT) probing the murder of Sagar Ghosh were turned away by his son Hriday when they went to his house in Birbhum’s Parui around 11 tonight.
“Why did they come at 11pm? They could have come during the day. We are fed up with the role of the police,” Hriday said, adding that his mother was ill.
Senior BJP leaders L.K. Advani and Rajnath Singh will address several rallies in Bengal on April 16 and 17.
While Singh will address three campaign meetings on April 16 in Balurghat (South Dinajpur), Raiganj (North Dinajpur) and Rampurhat (Birbhum), Advani will hold rallies in Baidyabati (Hooghly) and Salkia (Howrah) the next day.