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Tuesday , June 3 , 2014
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Babul helps BJP leader return home

- Asansol MP lends ear to grievances

Asansol, June 2: Asansol MP Babul Supriyo today accompanied home a BJP leader who had fled his village in the face of alleged Trinamul threats and attacks after the elections on May 7.

Dressed in a white cotton shirt, a capri pants and sandals, Supriyo instructed villagers in Jamuria to stay united against Trinamul attacks and show workers of the ruling party brooms and sticks whenever they threatened them.

Dayamoy Nandi, the BJP block president in Jamuria and a polling agent, was allegedly beaten up by suspected Trinamul workers who also ransacked his house after he returned home from the booth on May 7.

In the face of repeated threats, he fled home that night.

Accompanied by BJP workers and a few policemen in four SUVs, the singer-turned-politician who trumped Trinamul’s Dola Sen by over 70,000 votes today spoke to the elderly parents of Nandi and assured them that their grievances would be looked into.

Supriyo then interacted with a group of villagers, sitting under a tree and hearing out their grievances one by one.

“You will have to stay united to resist them (Trinamul workers). You will have to keep brooms and sticks at hand, but not to beat them up. Wave these things at them when they come to threaten you,” Supriyo told the villagers on his first visit to his constituency after the polls.

The villagers complained that local Trinamul workers had disconnected water and electricity supply to their homes.

“I heard about the acute water crisis in the village and assured them that the matter would be sorted out at the earliest. I will bring water to the village,” Supriyo told reporters later in the day in Asansol.

The BJP MP said he had decided to visit Asansol once a month and stay in his constituency for five to six days at a stretch.

“I will review the work I had assigned the previous month. My first priority is to ensure adequate drinking water and re-open the closed factories in my constituency,” Supriyo said.

Earlier in the day, travellers on NH2 went for their cellphones and cameras when they saw a casual Supriyo riding the bike of a BJP worker on the national highway. On his way from Calcutta, the Asansol MP stopped at Andal and rode the bike to Chanda More.

Asked about the allegations the villagers had made, Trinamul leader and former working president of Asansol V. Sivadasan said: “The BJP leaders are trying to stage a drama in Asansol. We never beat up anybody. Nor did we disconnect water supply.”