As A mark of protest against the public meeting to be addressed by BJP national president Amit Shah in Burdwan on January 20, the Trinamool Congress youth wing would organise a protest rally at the same venue next day against the “maligning campaign by the BJP”, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said on Monday.
“We (TMC) do not have any competition in Bengal, that is why we do not need to retaliate to anybody. We would be organising a protest rally to give a reply to the maligning campaign of BJP and some other groups,” Chatterjee said.
The rally would be addressed by TMC youth wing president Abhishek Banerjee, cabinet ministers Subrata Mukherjee and Partha Chatterjee, and TMC state president Subrata Bakshi.
Asked about the alleged torture of a woman related to a BJP worker in Parui (Birbhum) by a group of police personnels, Chatterjee said, “The state government yesterday instructed the local administration and the senior police officials to inquire into the matter and fix the responsibility of the accused officers.”
Significantly, the accused Sub-Inspector Kartik Mohan Ghosh has been suspended on Monday.
Chatterjee said he has sought a written explanation from Anupam Hazra, a TMC MP from Birbhum, who had said on Sunday that he was not getting “enough space” to work for the people of his constituency. “ I have asked him to explain what he could not do for his constituency and what he wanted do. He has to give me a written explanation for his comments.”
Dismissing speculation of any internal feud fuelled by the resignation of TMC minister Manjul Krishna Thakur, Chatterjee said those who want to leave are free to do so. “There is no clash of interest. This is our party and we would manage it better. Nobody has to interfere in it.”
Further, the TMC secretary-general added that suggestions of dissent and intra-party feud are all creations of the media.
“Media has now become a voice of Opposition, who are reporting in a biased manner. The good work of the government is not being projected, only negative reporting is being done,” he told reporters.
Responding to BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh’s claim that there are chances of many TMC leaders switching over to the BJP in Amit Shah’s rally on January 20, Chatterjee said, “Those who want to leave the party can.”
Initially, Chatterjee declined to comment on the issue of the state government filing a petition in the Supreme Court in connection with the investigation into the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. However, later he said, “I have heard that the petition has been admitted. The depositors are not getting their money back.”
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