In a bid to catch maximum visibility, the state will be adorned by posters saying, “In the interest of development of Bengal, in the interest of state government employees, vote for candidates supported by Maa-mati-manush.” The posters will be issued in the names of senior leaders of Paschim Banga Sarkari Karmachari Federation – the state government employees’ union affiliated to the Trinamool Congress.
The Trinamool Congress Monday asked office-bearers of the federation to fan out into districts and campaign for its candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. The directive came from Partha Chatterjee, minister for information technology and parliamentary affairs, to the 31-member core committee of the federation.
The three convenors of the committee, Dibyendu Roy, Saumya Biswas and Tapan Garai have been asked to coordinate with the other members and assign them districts that they would have to visit. “The office bearers of the union will go to districts and campaign for Trinamool Congress candidates among government employees, to showcase the success of the government in various fields and also highlight the measures taken by the state government for their welfare,’’ Partha Chatterjee, mentor of the federation, said.
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Chatterjee also said all this would be done keeping in mind the laws regarding government employees, in tandem with the model code of conduct, which came into effect after elections were declared. The employees have been told that no one would be exempt from the rules during the polls.
“There were two messages, first, campaign for TMC candidates, of course in an indirect manner, and second, not to bunk any of these classes. Parthada also told us that nobody can shirk poll duties,’’ a leader told The Indian Express.
The Co-ordination Committee, state government employees union affiliated with the CPIM protested TMC’s move. “They cannot canvas for votes among government employees. It is illegal. But we will not do anything in this regard. Let people see, let the Election Commission see,’’ Manoj Kanti Guha, secretary of the committee said.