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Thursday , May 22 , 2014
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Trinamul split on Malay

Malay Ghatak

Durgapur, May 21: Trinamul’s defeat in the Asansol Lok Sabha seat seems to have widened the fissures in the party’s industrial belt unit.

While one section today appeared to distance itself from Malay Ghatak, who resigned as minister and Burdwan (industrial) Trinamul chairman apparently because Mamata Banerjee was unhappy with him for failing to ensure the victory of Asansol candidate Dola Sen, another is firmly backing the local leader and organising protests.

At least two leaders known to be close to Ghatak, Durgapur Municipal Corporation mayor-in-council member Prabhat Chatterjee and Asansol Trinamul working president V. Sivadasan, today said everybody should accept decisions taken by Mamata Banerjee and criticised those protesting Ghatak’s resignation, an apparent reference to the INTTUC roadblock in Asansol yesterday by the former minister’s backers who believe he was forced to quit.

“Those who are protesting Ghatak’s resignation are virtually opposing Mamata Banerjee. They must not do so. There is no one above Mamata Banerjee in our party. Disciplinary action will be taken if any INTTUC worker organises such protests,” said Chatterjee, who is also the INTTUC Burdwan president.

Sivadasan said: “Those who are opposing Didi’s decision will have to face disciplinary action.”