Deepa for rebel & Cong
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- Published 17.04.11
|Deepa campaigns for the Congress candidate in Karandighi on Saturday (top); the Raiganj MP canvasses for an Independent in Hemtabad later in the day. (Nantu Dey)|
April 16: Campaign for the Congress in the morning, rally for a Congress rebel in the afternoon.
Congress MP Deepa Das Munshi today addressed two back-to-back rallies in North Dinajpur’s Karandighi and Hemtabad, canvassing for the Congress candidate in the former and campaigning for a party dissident contesting as an Independent in the latter.
At the Karandighi rally, held to garner support for Congress candidate Subhas Goswami, Deepa spoke only for five minutes. The rally was attended by Congress MP and former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin. Deepa spoke only after he arrived around 11am.
The Raiganj MP urged the gathering to vote for the Congress candidate but refrained from uttering the word “alliance” even once. She also said the Centre had given the go-ahead for the AIIMS-like hospital in the district.
Deepa then left the venue, saying she had to attend “a meeting in Goalpokhar, where Shakeel Ahmed (the AICC leader in charge of Bengal) and Manas Bhuniya (the state Congress chief) will be present”.
She, however, did not turn up at the Goalpokhar rally but went to Hemtabad, where she addressed a public meeting for Chittaranjan Roy, the Independent she is backing in the seat.
Gholam Rabbani, the Congress candidate for Goalpokhar, said Deepa “deliberately skipped” the rally there to “avoid coming face-to-face” with Ahmed and Bhuniya. “She knows she is not doing the right thing by campaigning for the Congress dissidents who are contesting as Independents.”
Deepa arrived at the Hemtabad rally for Chittaranjan Roy around 4pm. Roy, who has been suspended from the Congress, is contesting against the official alliance candidate, Trinamul’s Shekhar Roy.
Throwing her weight behind Chittaranjan Roy, Deepa said: “Who says Chittaranjan Roy does not belong to the Congress? He is very much a part of the party. Vote for him as you would for a Congress candidate.”
“My husband (Priya Ranjan Das Munshi) gave his all for the betterment of the people of this district. He worked so hard that he fell ill. We will work together to fulfil his dreams,” Deepa added.
The Raiganj MP had addressed two rallies in support of Independents in Islampur and Chopra yesterday.
Ahmed said Deepa’s “moves are under the scanner” and “action would be taken if necessary”.