Politics over the hung Zilla Parishads (district councils) in Malda and North Dinajpur took an interesting turn Wednesday with the Congress deciding not to seek help from the TMC to stake claim for the formation of board in North Dinjpur the domain of Deepa Dasmunsi of West Bengal Congress. This development will now allow the CPM to capture the board.
In Malda,Congress leadership headed by Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury,party MP and Union Minister of state for family planning and health,decided to wait for some more time before taking the final decision. Interestingly,in Malda,the district Congress leadership feels neither the Trinamool nor the CPM are untouchable,but has kept the decision pending.
In North Dinajpur,the Zilla Parishad result offered no clear winners. In the 26-seat Zilla Parishad,CPM won 13 ,Congress eight and Trinamool five. The TMC and Congresss combined strength is 13,same as the Left. If votes of the MLAs and MPs are considered normally done in case of a tie even then there is no clear winner.
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Under such circumstances,the district Congress leadership has decided not to seek help of TMC,and rather allow CPM to form the board independently.
Mohit Sengupta,North Dinajpur district Congress president said: We fought the polls separately,and both the Trinamool and the CPM were our opposition. We are happy to sit in the opposition.
Meanwhile,in Malda,Congress leadership held a marathon meeting for around three hours,but failed to come at a decision. In the 88-seat Malda Zilla Parishad,both the CPM and Congress bagged 41 seats each,and Trinamool six.
Members of Ghani Khan Choudhurys family Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury,Congress MP,Malda (South),Mausam Noor ( Malda North MP) and Abu Naser Khan Chowdhury,MLA Sujapur – examined the situation but failed to reach a consensus.
In the meeting,a number of leaders referred to Ghani Khan Choudhurys cordial relations with the Left to show they were not opposed to the idea of seeking help of CPM. In politics no one is untouchable, leaders reportedly said.
The Malda district Congress have decided to wait for a direction from the West Bengal Pradesh Congress.
We have refereed our case to the state high command and are waiting for their direction, said Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury.
Polls over,violence continues
Two CPM supporters sustained gunshot injuries after some Trinamool Congress supporters
allegedly shot at them following an argument under Swarupnagar panchayat samiti area. As per reports,TMC leader Habibur Rehman and CPM supporter Sattar Gaji got into an argument over fireworks that were set off in front of the formers shop
following CPMs win from the seat. Some TMC cadres later
assaulted Gaji and one of them allegedly shot at Gajis brothers Rafiqul and Jalil. Both have been admitted to the Bashirhat Hospital. While local CPM leader Tanmoy Bhattacharya later
alleged that TMC men were
targeting Gaji,state Food Minister Jyotipriyo Mullick claimed his party workers had been injured in the clash.
Bishwanath Sadhukhan,a CPM worker,alleged that his house in Begampur was set on fire by TMC supporter. In a police complaint,he said he was issued threats on a number of occasions during the Panchayat elections and was thus living at a relatives place. Late Tuesday night,his house was set on fire.
The TMC Wednesday alleged that 18 of its workers were
injured when Congress supporters attacked them near Kalna. As per the police complaint,Khairul Mullick,husband of defeated Congress candidate Nazira Begum,along with other armed men allegedly attacked a group of 25 TMC men at a roadside tea stall at Patdupsa village. They also,allegedly,hurled 30 bombs. Later,police and central forces conducted search operations at the village and recovered 25 crude bombs. Four persons have been detained in this
Some CPM supporters allegedly attacked TMC cadres at
Rajarampur Gram Panchayat area under Kulpi police station leaving six workers of the ruling party injured. The CPM,
of its workers.
At Gobindanagar Gram Panchayat area in Pashkura,CPM workers allegedly set ablaze the workshop of a TMC supporter. The party,however,claimed that the incident was a fallout of a gang war.
Four TMC supporters were injured,when CPM supporters allegedly hurled bombs and shot at them following the TMC candidates victory from the Bedrabad Gram Panchayat at Baishnabnagar. A CPM spokesperson,however claimed the TMC workers had sustained injuries in a within the party clash.