statesman news service
KOLKATA, 8 JUNE: Left Front chairman Biman Bose today accused the state fire services minister, Mr Javed Khan, of asking officers of Basanti police station to arrange bail for Sirajul Molla, a Trinamul Congress worker who had been arrested while making bombs. The minister had himself gone to the police station in his official car flouting the election model code of conduct, the Front chairman alleged.
Mr Bose also accused the minister of addressing a meeting using a microphone without prior permission, saying it was another violation of the model election code. Strongly denying the charges, Mr Khan said, "Mr Bose has no idea that I went to the police station to persuade the officers not to start a case against an unsuccessful Madhyamik candidate who tried to commit suicide."
Earlier in the day, Mr Bose released a 16-page election manifesto for the rural poll. He said the good work done during the tenure of the Left Front government in the field of rural development would likely be undone if Trinamul nominees win the panchayat election. He alleged Left Front candidates are facing attacks and being pressured to withdraw their nomination.
He said Left Front activists had been beaten up at Bolpur, and four persons had to be hospitalised; he also said Front candidates could not submit nomination papers in 5,000 seats.
When it was pointed out that during the previous panchayat election, Front nominees had won many seats uncontested as the Opposition was not allowed to field candidates, he said any mistakes committed during the previous regime should not be repeated now.
He called upon the state government to act like a democratic body without any bias.
Trinamul Congress all-India general secretary Mukul Roy said the Opposition (meaning CPI-M) has fielded candidates almost everywhere, and it is their internal matter if they withdraw their candidates. He also said the Congress lacks the organisational strength to field candidates in all seats.
He said though a Trinamul nominee had been severely bea-ten up at Domkal, Murshida-bad, the party was not shouting about it from the rooftops.