TMC in rural poll 'war cry'

Jalpaiguri: Trinamul women leaders have asked party workers and supporters of north Bengal to "teach a lesson" to political opponents and "finish" them in the panchayat elections later this year.

The call was issued by at a convention of the Trinamul Mahila Congress, the party's wing, held here on Thursday.

The message has however, not gone down well with a section of party leaders. They have opined that such "impulsive" messages can spark violence in rural pockets of the region.

"The rural polls are ahead and it is the semi-final match to obliterate BJP from the state, before the finals (Parliament elections) of 2019. You should teach the opposition parties a lesion this time and should ensure that after the results of panchayat elections are declared, not a single supporter of the Left, Congress and BJP remains in your areas," said Ashima Patra, state minister for technical education at the convention.

"In fact, we want the mandate should be so clear that all those people in opposition would have no option but to join our party," she added.

At the convention, over 15,000 women Trinamul workers and supporters from the north Bengal districts had assembled to hear the leaders.

The event was planned by party supremo Mamata Banerjee, during a similar convention of Trinamul Youth Congress held in Siliguri on last month.

Sashi Panja, another member of the state cabinet and a state leader of Trinamul's women's wing, was critical at the Centre.

"Those in the Centre often boasts of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padao' campaign but hardly increased the budgetary allocations required for socio-economic development of girls and women. On the other hand, the state here is spending around Rs 5,000 crores for the Kanyashree scheme. This proves the lack of sincerity of the Centre," said Panja.


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