statesman news service
NANOOR, 25 JUNE: The state Trinamul leadership failed to resolve the party&’s internal feud for the panchayat seats in the upcoming election. Today, the state agriculture minister, Mr Moloy Ghatak, held a meeting with the aggrieved TMC leaders here who fielded several Independent candidates against the party&’s nominee.
At today&’s meeting, leaders from Nanoor and Bolpur, including the local legislator, Mr Gadadhar Hajra, reportedly declared their support for the Independent candidates who have not got the party tickets.
“We told Mr Ghatak that district leaders forcibly stopped us from filing nomination. In fact, they gave tickets to those who had recently switched to TMC from CPI-M. We told the minister how leaders working for the party since its inception have been denied party tickets,” said a leader from Nanoor who was present at today&’s meeting.
The Independent candidates are in deep trouble in Bolpur and Nanoor.
For the gram panchayat seats in Bolpur, there are 51 nominations; in Nanoor, there are 17 nominations from the "deprived" lobby.
“TMC members will fight for the party in the election. They will support the party candidates in the zilla parishad seats. They will bring the party to power in Birbhum district,” said Mr Ghatak.
On the Independent candidates campaigning under the party banner, the minister said, “We’ll resolve the matter soon.”
Mr Hajra, MLA, Nanoor said: “We’ll support the district president&’s candidates in the zilla parishad seats.”
Mukul appeals to voters
PURSURA, 25 JUNE: Trinamul Congress general secretary Mr Mukul Roy criticised the Opposition and appealed to voters to help Trinamul Congress candidates win every seat. Mr Roy was attending a meeting at Pursura. He said the ensuing panchayat election will put the last nail on the coffin of the CPI-M in Bengal. He said the CPI-M and the Congress are fading from Bengal at a rapid pace. He criticised a section of the media for instigating anti-government propaganda. He appealed to voters to assess the development work dome by the Trinamul government during its two-year rule and help TMC candidates win all the panchayat seats. On the Kamduni incident, Mr Roy said: “We denounce the incident. The chief minister, who personally visited the victim’s home, has promised harsh punishment for the offender.” He lashed out at people who are still demanding justice over the incident and taking out rallies blocking roads. sns