Fuss in Malda Trinamool’s meeting over upcoming rural polls

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
7 Oct 2017

Trinamool Congress leaders of the district had strong disagreements among themselves during a meeting convened to discuss the upcoming rural poll strategies at Malda College auditorium today. The differences in opinions were reflected in party’s anti-BJP rally too as former minister Krishnendu Choudhury did not join it. The party, however, constituted a committee today to deal with the issues related to rural polls in the district.
It has been learnt from sources in district Trinamool that soon after the meeting commenced, Choudhury sought clarifications from party’s district president Dr Moazzem Hossain as to why he was not informed of the meeting and the rally formally. Claiming himself to be a veteran associate of Trinamool supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Choudhury alleged that he was being deliberately ignored by party’s district chief. He left the meeting long before it ended.
District Trinamool youth president Amlan Bhaduri too expressed discontent saying that the papers regarding delimitation of seats were not sent to senior party leaders in advance. “It’s a crucial issue. Without having read such important papers any hurried opinion or decision could be detrimental for party. The district president should be more careful about such issues,” Bhaduri said.
However, Dr Hossain claimed that the meeting was convened following a joint decision of core committee and hence no one was invited individually. “If someone seeks a personal invitation, I have nothing to do,” he said.
A committee comprising the district Trinamool president, vice chairman of English Bazaar civic body Dulal Sarkar, Chaitali Ghosh, district women Trinamool president, veteran lawyer Asit Bose, district working president Sumala Agarwala and two elected Trinamool members of Malda Zilla Parishad was formed today.
Notably, district magistrate Kaushik Bhattacharya would hold an all party meeting on October 9 to discuss delimitation issue for upcoming panchayet poll. Reservation of seats would be discussed in the meeting also.
Trinamool sources informed that few elected members of rural bodies in district who defected to Trinamool might not get nominations owing to delimitation and reservation factors.
Trinamool leaders and workers took out a rally today protesting against BJP’s alleged effort to spoil peace in the state. Dr Hossain said, “BJP leaders and workers are bent upon causing unrest in the state in narrow political interest.”
Effigies of BJP’s national president Amit Shah was burnt by Trinamool workers after the rally.