Several Trinamool leaders have in the past been in the eye of the storm for their hate speeches.
1. Tapas Paul: Addressing a workers’ meeting at Chowmatha village in Tehatta in Nadia district on June 14, Tapas Paul said, “If any opponent (of the Trinamool) touches any Trinamool girl, any father, any child, I will destroy his entire family. Aamar chheleder dhukiye debo, rape kore chole jaabe, rape kore chole jaabe (I will unleash my boys, they will rape them, rape them).” This is not the first time Paul has made a hate speech. Addressing an election rally in Nadia district earlier, he asked party workers to “beat up” CPI-M workers and drive them out of the villages.
2. Arup Chakraborty: Trinamool’s Bankura district head Arup Chakraborty has been caught in a video clip asking his partymen to “sacrifice whoever intrudes your homes”. “If any outsider enters your house, cut him down, sacrifice him, I will take care of that, you don’t have to worry,” Chakraborty is seen in the video telling his party activists in Bankura.
3. Anubrata Mandal: Trinamool’s Birbhum district chief Anubrata Mandal has been accused in a murder case when a panchayat member was killed allegedly days after he asked his party workers to “attack the houses of rivals and bomb the police if they prevent you”.
Infamous for his hate speeches, Mandal earlier likened CPI-M activists to “rats hiding in burrows”.
“The rats are now hiding in their burrows, you should pit the burrows with mud and also use cyanide so they don’t come out,” Mandal told a party rally.
4. Manirul Islam: Party legislator from Labhpur in Birbhum district, Manirul Islam was in the news for publicly claiming he crushed to death three people under his feet and for threatening to behead a Congress leader from the district.
“…it would not take me even a minute to behead you,” Islam said at a rally last year and went on to claim how he had “squashed” three people under his feet for committing atrocities against women.
The least number of women candidates have been fielded by the Congress which has given tickets to just five women contestants.