Mamata ignores TMC leader who made controversial remarks

Annoyed at Birbhum chief Anubrata Mandal inciting party-men to attack police and set ablaze houses of independents, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee ignored his presence at panchayat election rally.

Rampurhat (WB): Apparently annoyed at Birbhum district chief Anubrata Mandal allegedly inciting party-men to attack the police with bombs and set ablaze houses of independents, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ignored his presence at a panchayat election rally on Friday.

The TMC supremo while mentioning the names of district party leaders before beginning her speech did not name Mondal.

Mondal, who had made the remarks at Kasba village in Bolpur sub-division of Birbhum district on Wednesday and later said he had made them `by mistake`, left the meeting just as the chief minister arrived.

TMC MP Satabdi Roy had yesterday sought to distance the party from Mondal`s comments and had said that the TMC supremo would take a decision on it.

Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition, Suryakanta Mishra, alleged that the Trinamool Congress was being partisan towards its leaders making hate speeches.

"Whenever a complaint is filed in a false case against a CPI(M) supporter he is immediately arrested. But when a case is filed against a TMC leader he is not arrested. This is the way the state administration is functioning," Mishra told reporters here.

The State Election Commission had yesterday sought a report from the Birbhum district magistrate and SP on controversial comments by Mondal.

"After his speech houses were ransacked and burnt, but still he is yet to be arrested. This is nothing, but partiality," said Mishra.

Mishra also accused the TMC of letting loose a reign of terror in third phase of panchayat polls during the day, by not using central forces.

"They have not used central forces. TMC goons have ushered a reign of violence. It doesn`t matter whether the persons who were killed belonged to the CPI(M) or TMC. Death is unfortunate," Mishra said.

Putting the onus of death of two people during the the day`s phase on the failure of state administration, Mishra said providing security to the people was the duty of the state government, in which it had failed miserably.


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