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Writing on the wall is bloody this election

At Nandigram — the ground zero of the Trinamool Congress’ resurrection — the ruling CPM has started painting walls with graffiti with ominous messages that could face ire from the Election Commission.

Written by Madhuparna Das | Kolkata |
April 1, 2009 4:29:23 pm

Slogans like One Vote To Trinamool Congress Means One Bullet At Your Near Ones have come up on walls across Tamluk

At Nandigram — the ground zero of the Trinamool Congress’ resurrection — the ruling CPM has started painting walls with graffiti with ominous messages that could face ire from the Election Commission.

The wall graffiti in places like Ranichawk,Brajalalchawk and Bhawanipore under Tamluk Lok Sabha seat read slogans like: “One vote to Trinamool Congress means one bullet at your near ones.”

Not only this,the CPM is also trying to play up the violent incident that took place in Dhaniakhali in Hooghly district where the house of a panchayat member and a CPM supporter was gutted.

More than 100 posters of the CPM portray the incident by displaying gory pictures of the charred bodies. The wife and child of the leader were killed in the incident. The party’s women cell has also painted several walls in the region with the images of the charred bodies.

Objecting to the display of gruesome images and open threats to the public through wall graffiti by the CPM campaign managers,the Trinamool Congress has lodged a complaint with the Election Commission and the district administration. Despite the cognizance taken by the EC,the posters and the slogans still adorn the walls. “We have received the complaints from the Trinamool Congress. We have asked the district administration to remove the offensive wall writing. We have also issued notices to the CPM. We are looking into the matter,” said Chief Electoral Officer Debashis Sen.

Meanwhile,CPM supporters are yet to heed to the EC’s directives. They continue to paint the walls with slogans like “Subhendu Adhikari (Trinamool’s candidate): murderer of Nandigram”.

“We have lodged a complaint with the EC about the offensive wall writings a couple of weeks ago. However,the EC has neither taken any action nor have removed the wall writings. Moreover,the CPM supporters have also circulated pictures of the charred family members of a CPM leader. We are waiting for the central observer to visit the area,” said Suvendu Adhikari.

Tribals gherao CPM worker’s home
Members of the Adivasi Mulbasi Gram Committee (AMGC) gheraoed the residence of a CPM member,Chandrasekhar Majhi,at Bersha village near Balarampur police station in Bankura on Monday.

Tribals claimed that Chandrasekhar shot at Gopal Majhi,secretary of the committee. Gopal managed to escape but stray bullets hit two buffaloes,one of which died at the spot while the other sustained injuries.

Subsequently,nearly 600 tribals gheraoed the home of Chandrasekhar,confining his mother and his sister-in-law inside for nearly 15 hours. The siege was lifted after four squads of CRPF arrived. Chandrasekhar was not at home at that time. “CPM workers terrorise and spread fear among us,” said AMGC chairman Aghor Hembrom.

Manindra Gope,CPM state committee member,said: “The adivasis are sympathetic towards Maoists. They shot at Chandrashekhar,killed our buffaloes and then surrounded his home. How can they claim that he attacked them when he has not even been able to return home out of fear?”

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