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Trinamul Congress running autocratic regime where dissent is crushed: Adhir Chowdhury

Chowdhury alleged that TMC leaders are casting a slur against women who are protesting against the alleged atrocities of TMC leader Shahjahan Sheikh and his followers in Sandeshkhali

PTI Calcutta Published 27.02.24, 08:04 PM
Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury

Congress leader Adhir Chowdhury File photo

West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress of running an autocratic regime where any dissenter is being framed in false cases.

Chowdhury alleged that TMC leaders are casting a slur against women who are protesting against the alleged atrocities of TMC leader Shahjahan Sheikh and his followers in Sandeshkhali.

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Sandeshkhali in North 24 Parganas district has been witnessing protests for the past few weeks over allegations of land grab and sexual atrocities on women by Sheikh and his supporters.

"An authoritarian regime is prevailing under the rule of TMC where any dissenter is implicated in cases, even journalists are not safe. Reporters are being arrested and editors have cases filed against them. Certain TMC leaders are describing women as actors for speaking out the truth," Chowdhury told reporters.

The leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha was commenting on a video clip which purportedly showed TMC MLA Saokat Molla alleging that the protesting women at Sandeshkhali were outsiders who were acting before the camera at the behest of opposition parties.

PTI could not independently verify the authenticity of the video clip which was in circulation since Monday night.

Chowdhury said, "No word of condemnation can be enough for such utterances against women. Those who are making such utterances should hold the mirror to themselves. The protest by Sandeshkhali women foretells the collapse of TMC in coming days." He claimed that the Sandeshkhali development has turned into an all-India issue, as people are "horrified how the state's ruling party has patronised tormentors of women and the CM has not strongly deplored the activities of her party men.

About a Congress delegation stopped twice by the administration on the way to Sandeshkhali in the last couple of days, Chowdhury claimed that even after all these measures, they cannot stop the truth from coming out.

Choudhury expressed happiness that former CPI(M) MLA of Sandeshkhali, Nirapada Sardar, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in violent protests in the restive area, was released on bail earlier in the day.

"He had been framed in false cases by the TMC," said the leader of the Congress which is an ally of the Left party.

Expressing apprehension that the ruling party in Bengal "wants to create an atmosphere of terror," Choudhury said he has already apprised the Election Commission about the situation in Bengal and the need to prevent violence by ruling party cadres.

The Baharampur MP also condemned the arrest of ISF legislator Nausad Siddique who was earlier stopped from visiting Sandeshkhali.

"Didi (Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) is scared as Siddique has challenged her nephew Abhishek Banerjee to contest (against Siddique)," Chowdhury said.

Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by The Telegraph Online staff and has been published from a syndicated feed.

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