State Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Monday accused the District Magistrate of Murshidabad of “conspiring with the ruling party” to not allow the Congress to hold an event at the Friends Union Club ground in Berhampore town of the district.
In an apparent reference to the DM, Chowdhury, at a rally, said, “With the intention to eliminate Congress from this district, the ruling party has engaged a ‘kutta’ (dog) who tried his best to prevent our supporters from turning up. But looking at the huge turnout, I am overwhelmed.”
He said he had asked party supporters to “come prepared” for a confrontation. “I had asked our supporters to bring a ‘danda’ (stick) and a ‘jhanda’ (flag). As a result, they were not stopped by the police,” he claimed.
The rally near the Berhampore Collectorate, reportedly attended by some 50,000 Congress supporters, was held after a tussle between the party and the district administration, with Chowdhury alleging the DM had overruled the order passed by the district land and land reforms officer allowing the party to hold the rally at the FUC ground.