A day ahead of the Left Front rally at Brigade ground, Left chairman Biman Bose said they are anticipating attack on party men by the Trinamool Congress (TMC).
“If democracy prevails, as the ruling party claims to be, then they should ensure our party workers are not attacked,” Bose said at a press conference Saturday.
Alleging double standards by the TMC, Bose said the party preaches and practices differently. “While we were denied permission to accommodate our party workers at Salt Lake Stadium on the eve of the rally, TMC workers were put up at the stadium the night before their rally at the Brigade January 30. We have now put up temporary shelters behind the Brigade Ground, and asked many to spend night at various railway stations,” he said.
He further added that the permission for the rally was also given late, thus work for setting up stage and loudspeakers have been delayed. “We will have to see that the labourers work overnight to complete it by early morning Sunday,” he said.
Meanwhile, talking about media coverage, Bose informed media persons to make necessary arrangements unlike the ‘conducted programme’ of TMC and BJP.
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“Unlike the last two Brigade meetings, where the political parties — TMC and BJP — engaged companies to cover the event and transfer feeds to TV channels and provide pictures to the print. We request you to write whatever you deem fit. If you see a part of the ground not filled, you can take pictures and print or televise it,” he said.
Leader of the Opposition, Surjya Kanta Mishra said partymen had been threatened if they joined Sunday’s rally. “It will be a historic gathering at the Brigade Parade Ground but participants have been threatened by TMC members,” he said.
‘Ritabrata did not heckle Mamata’
Left Front chairman Biman Bose Saturday defended party’s new Rajya Sabha MP Ritabrata Banerjee, rubbishing TMC’s allegations that the leader had heckled Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Delhi last year. “He (Ritabrata) didn’t attack Mamata. They had gone there for a protest. They didn’t go to hurt anyone but people from outside had joined,” Bose, who is the CPI(M)’s state secretary, told reporters.
State finance minister Amit Mitra was manhandled and heckled while Banerjee faced ire of Left activists outside the Yojana Bhavan in New Delhi last April while protesting the death of a SFI worker in Kolkata.
Ritabrata, the CPI(M) student wing SFI’s general secretary, was among the six arrested in the case later on by the Delhi Police. He was yesterday elected to the Rajya Sabha. pti