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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cong Shows Goutam and Sabitri Black Flag for Ignoring Malda Cong MLA

MALDA, 16 DEC: Two cabinet ministers were shown black flags and the Trinamul Congress and the Congress supporters were involved in a clash at Old Malda. The venue of Ministers’ programme at Popra of Jatradanga gram panchayet under Malda police station soon turned battlefield this afternoon and police allegedly resorted to lathi charge to control the situation.

Goutam Deb, minister in charge of North Bengal development was to lay foundation of a 22 km road from Popra, Old Malda to Ranigunj, Gazole. Rs 2.87 crore was sanctioned for this road. Mr Deb along with minister in charge of women development and social welfare department  Sabitri Mitra accordingly started from Malda to reach the spot around 1.30 pm. There was few meters distance between the convoys of two ministers.

Cong Supporters Showing Black Flags to TMC Ministers
First, when the car of Mr Deb reached Popra, about 100 metre from the venue, people stopped his convoy with slogans “Goutam Deb go back.” They protesters had black flags with them and introduced themselves as Congress supporters. However, the security men soon managed the situation and the convoy started off within minutes.

But when Mrs Mitra reached the spot, the protesters were increased and her car was stranded. Some Trinamul workers who accompanied the ministers came down and soon the squabble started. Fiasco began and in some moments the Congress and the Trinamul Congress supporters involved in battle between them.  The situation went almost out of control as there was only very few police personnel to control the scuffle.

Later a huge force from English Bazaar as well as Old Malda Police Station reached the spot.

The agitators claimed that this road was the result of local Congress MLA Bhupendranath Haldar’s tireless persuasion. But Mr Haldar was not invited in today’s programme. Local Congress Panchayet Prodhan Jaba Mardi was also ignored.

Local Congress MLA Bhupendranath Halder said, “The construction work is being done from the fund of Backward Region Grant Fund (BRGF) of central govt. But the work was assigned to Uttarbanga Unnayan Parshad instead of Zilla Parishad. Trinamul is resorting to corruption over the tender process. Last night all on a sudden it was announced that today would be laying foundation programme. I was shocked to realize that I was not even invited.” However, he denied of the Congress supporters’ involvement in today’s agitation. “They were common people who protested spontaneously. Had there been a programme of Congress, gathering would have been much more.”

On the other hand Mr Deb said, “Today’s incident proves that Congress never wants any developmental work in the state. I feel pity for them.”  Mrs Mitra also said, “Today’s agitation bared Congress’s ploy in hinder the district’s development.”  “None stopped Mr Haldar from attending today’s programme,” Mrs Mitra said.

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