Women Trinamul Congress leaders today held a meeting at Hazra Park to protest against the derogatory remark by Giriraj Singh, Union minister for rural development against Mamata Banerjee.
Trinamool Congress leadership on Thursday suspended around 200 workers contesting rural body elections as independent candidates, nine days ahead of the polls scheduled on 8 July. Party insiders said that the suspended workers are from Howrah, Hooghly, Birbhum, Murshidabad, East Midnapore, West Midnapore and Jhargram.
East Midnapore has the highest number of 43 workers while for West Midnapore the number of suspended workers is 39. The rest: 15 in Birbhum, 25 in Hooghly, 13 in Howrah and 14 in Jhargram. A senior leader of East Midnapore district Trinamul Congress unit said that several local leaders and party workers who are upset and demoralized after being denied tickets to contest polls have decided to field themselves either as independents or started to silently support opposition party candidates in some pockets in the district.
A list of such workers involved in anti-party activities has already been sent to the party leadership, he said requesting anonymity. Hardly, three days ago, the party leadership suspended more than 50 workers, including 19 in South Dinajpur, five in Malda, 21 in Nadia and one in Bankura. While addressing rallies in different districts since the end of April, Trinamul Congress general secretary repeatedly said that candidates filing nominations independently would not be taken back even if they win the seats where they contest. During his ‘Nabojoar Jatra’ programme across the district, “A candidate after being denied ticket by the party may file nomination papers as independents if they want. He or she should be aware of the fact that the party’s doors to come back again would remain closed for them forever.”