Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Biman, Mukul Campaign for English Bazaar By-Poll
MALDA, 17 FEB: State Left Front (LF) chairman and state CPI-M secretary Biman Bose has demanded the exclusion of urban development minister Firhad Hakim after it has been alleged that he tried to protect Mohammed Ikbal accused of instigating the murderer of a Kolkata Police officer.
Mr Bose was addressing a LF workers’ meeting in Malda College auditorium which was attended by a large number of LF supporters. Mr Bose, after the meeting, told the reporters that Mr Hakim should be removed from the state cabinet following the controversy of saving a Trinamul leader having role in the killing of the police officer.
He also said that the chief minister has violated the election rules by replacing the commissioner of police (CP) of Kolkata RK Panchnanda. “It’s gross violation of the election rules. Even the state home secretary raised objection in signing the file of the CP’s removal when the model code of conduct was in force. But the CM virtually forced him to sign the file,” Mr Bose alleged.
He also added that election in English Bazaar was unnecessary and was thrust on the shoulder of the citizens only to gratify the aspiration of the Trinamul candidate. “Anarchy and lack of principles of the state government are now featuring the state. Efficient police officers are being transferred and it has hit the morale of the police personnel,” he said. He also said that there was no democracy in the state cabinet and it was being run by whims.
Mr Basu, however, opposed the claim of Gorkha Jana Mukti Morcha (GJMM) to impose the President’s rule in hill regions. “We are always against the Central intervention,” he clarified.
Later he along with state CPI-M leaders Mohammed Salim, Manab Mukherjee, Mainul Hassan and district CPI-M leaders joined a rally that traversed along English Bazaar town. “Protest should begin from the verdict of the people in by-poll in the state. The LF candidates’ win would send a message to the CM,” Mr Bose added.
On the contrary, former Union railway minister Mukul Roy today campaigned extensively in favour of the Trinamul Congress candidate Krishnendu Choudhury today. Trinamul MP Nurul Islam was also present.
Mr Roy said, “The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has a sincere plan to develop Malda and North Bengal. Hence, she has included Krishnendu to cabinet. His win is an imperative for the development of Malda.”
Mr Roy also said that within twenty one months the Chief Minister had fulfilled most of her promises. “She is accountable to the state and we the Trinamul workers are dedicated to the service of the people. Krishnendu’s win would strengthen her hands and there would be slew of developmental projects here,” Mr Roy said.
Altogether the political parties made the best use of the last Sunday before the by-poll in English Bazaar.