Pranab warns of stern action against rebels in Bengal

Sending a tough message to the rebels, senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said it was not possible to satisfy all aspirants for party tickets.

Last Updated: Apr 05, 2011, 18:28 PM IST

Siliguri (WB): Sending a tough message to the
rebels, senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said it
was not possible to satisfy all aspirants for party tickets
and warned that contesting against official nominees would
invite stern action.

While dissidence in the party borne out of
dissatisfaction at being denied tickets can be understood,
filing nominations as Independents against official nominees
cannot be tolerated, Mukherjee said while campaigning in north
Bengal.

Similarly, acting against the alliance between his party
and the Trinamool Congress would not be brooked, the veteran
leader said.

His tough words followed filing of nominations by two
sitting Congress MLAs Ram Piyare Ram from Kolkata Port and
Abdul Khaleq Mollah from Garden Reach constituencies and their
refusal to withdraw their papers.

Asking the rebels not to go against party interest,
Mukherjee appealed, "A wonderful opportunity has come before
the people to dislodge the Left Front from power after 34
years. The alliance has come about not as a mere poll
strategy, but is borne out of people`s strong desire. So do
not try to queer the pitch."

He said all development projects in north Bengal had been
delayed and the government had no moral right to continue in
power.

PTI