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Monday, April 14, 2014

Trinamul Accused of Holding Motorcycle-rally again in Malda

Malda, 11 April, 2014: Trinamul Congress seems to have taken no lesson from the Manikchak incident where Election Commission (EC) officials were manhandled while preventing a motorcycle rally of Trinamul Malda south candidate Moazzem Hossain on Thursday.

On Friday again Trinamul Congress candidate from Malda north Soumitra Ray was accused of holding an election rally with more than 100 motorcycles at Bulbulchandi area in Habibpur police station.

Congress leader of Habibpur Subhankar Mishra lodged a complaint today with Habibpur BDO Arnab Roy claiming that violating the EC’s strict directive Trinamul candidate Soumitra Ray organized a rally of more than a hundred motorcycles on Friday around 8.30 am.

Mishra further alleged that the motorcycle rally traversed along Dobapara, Dangapara, Madhya Kendua, Soladanga and Bulbulchandi areas. He claimed that Mr Ray was present in the rally himself and loudspeakers were sounded in high volume in front of Bulbulchandi hospital.

TMC's motorcycle rally in Bulbulchandi on Friday (Photo: Sudip Roy Choudhury)
Ray, however, denied the allegation. “There were only a few motorcycles of the well wishers. But it was better not to allow them in the rally. We did not sound loudspeakers in front of the hospital. Congress is alleging because they have felt that ground under their feet has weakened.”

Trinamul district president Sabitri Mitra said, “I would look into the matter. But administration and EC should play an impartial role. When all attention is on our rallies, CPI-M organized a motorcycle rally in Gazole on Wednesday. But no action was taken. Congress too organized motorcycle-rallies in different places.”

Malda DM Sharad Dwivedi said, “We have got a complaint about a motorcycle-rally in Habibpur today. BDO has been asked to send a report. Measures wold be taken after we receive the report.”

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