It’s TMC vs TMC in Bengal rural polls

Factions of the Trinamool Congress clashed in at least 50 separate incidents during phase 2 of the panchayat elections in West Bengal

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 17, 2013 2:22:23 am

Factions of the Trinamool Congress clashed in at least 50 separate incidents during phase 2 of the panchayat elections in West Bengal on Monday,police reports show.

One person was killed after TMC factions clashed in Mangalkot,Burdwan. Several party workers were injured in clashes in East Midnapore. TMC workers and supporters fought each other violently in Nandigram and Patashpur in East Midnapore and in Ketugram and Raina besides Mangalkot in Burdwan.

Separately,two people were killed in clashes between parties in Jamuria in Burdwan.

A police report submitted to the state home department lists 2,299 intra-party clashes in poll-bound districts over the past month.

The TMC did not field candidates in 32 out of 140 gram panchayat seats of Nandigram block I and 13 out of 91 in Nandigram block II. At Mangalkot and Ketugram in Burdwan,disgruntled TMC leaders contested as independents.

“CPM men who had joined us wanted important positions. When refused,they fielded independent candidates. That triggered clashes in the area,but we have tackled it politically,” Sisir Adhkari,TMC MP from East Midnapore,said.

State minister Maloy Ghatak,who belongs to Burdwan,said,“The warring factions do not belong to the TMC. They have been formed by the CPM men who had joined the TMC after the change of guard in Kolkata.”

Sources in the TMC said one Sheikh Shahjahan Mullick was attacked and killed by another faction of the party. But the police said he was killed while making bombs.

Late on Monday,two TMC factions clashed in Malda,leading to the ransacking of the office of TMC youth leader Biswajit Das at Firozpur near Englishbazar police station. No FIR has been lodged,said a senior police officer.

Malda votes in the fourth phase on July 22.

Union minister says attacked at rally

Kolkata:Union Minister of State for Health Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury Tuesday alleged that miscreants fired bullets and hurled bombs at his vehicle while he was campaigning for the Congress’s zilla parishad candidate for the panchayat elections at Jadupur area in Malda. He said the miscreants were “supari killers hired by the Trinamool Congress”. Both the Trinamool and the police have denied that the minister was attacked. While Choudhury “escaped unhurt”,Congress supporters — led by Congress MP from Malda Mausam Noor — took to the streets. “We have lodged a complaint with the police. The miscreants belong to the Trinamool Congress,” alleged Choudhury. ens

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