Protests by Trinamool and BJP heat up Malda in mild winter

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
4 Jan 2017

From morning to evening protests and counter protests over the arrests of Trinamool Congress MPs Sudip Banerjee and Tapas Pal organized by the state’s ruling party and the BJP kept the district rocking today. However, the factional differences among the leaders of both the camps were evident while organizing movements against each other.

District Trinamool Youth Congress (TMYC) took out a rally this morning around 11 am under the leadership of the organization’s district president Amlan Bhaduri and English Bazaar municipality (EBM) chairman Dulal (Babla) Sarkar. After traversing the main streets of English Bazaar the rally ended at Foara More with the burning of effigy of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Bhaduri said, “Narendra Modi has caused financial instability in the country by his individual decision of demonetization. Now, when Trinamool supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee has exposed him and his party BJP, the PM is vindictively asking the CBI to arreszt the Trinamool MPs. We warn the PM that he has to face the music if he and his party harass our leaders out of personal grudges.”

Sarkar, the EBM chief said, “The movement against the PM and the BJP would be further intensified in days to come. We are the old soldiers of Mamata Banerjee who would fight till the end to protect the interest of our party Trinamool Congress and the common people.”

Around 12.30 pm Prasenjit Das, the district president of Trinamool Chhatra Parishad and a loyalist of former minister Krishnendu Choudhury blocked NH-34 first and then the railway tracks. They too raised anti-Modi and anti-BJP slogans condemning the arrest of the Trinamool MPs.

After the protests by Trinamool activists were over, the BJP workers took out a rally around 4.30 pm shouting slogans against the chief minister and Trinamool president Mamata Banerjee. Although many of the senior district BJP leaders including district president Subrata Kundu, former president SS Roy, state leader Biswapriya Rouchoudhury and others were seen participating in the rally, a district vice president of the party Bishnupada Ray and three municipal councilors of English Bazaar and Old Malda municipalities abstained from the rally.

The BJP rally was concluded at Rathbari More where the BJP supporters burnt the effigy of the chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Roychoudhury said, “It has been proved that Trinamool is a party of corrupt from head to toe. When CBI has been unmasking the Trinamool’s corrupt face, out of frustrations Trinamool has been targeting our party offices and workers. If the state police takes no action to provide us with due security, our party workers would protect themselves and the party offices in the suitable ways.”