[Reader-list] TMC Goons Attack Kisan Meet In Bengal

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Wed Jul 18 02:52:39 IST 2012

Source: People's Democracy

Goons Attack Kisan Meet In Bengal

>From Our Special Correspondent In Kolkata

IN yet another despicable attack on the opposition, Trinamul Congress
miscreants attacked a meeting of the Krishak Sabha in Bhangar in South
24 Parganas on Tuesday, July 10. The goons, known to be close to
Trinamul Congress strongman Arabul Islam, also attacked the Krishak
Sabha leaders including former minister and sitting MLA, Abdur Rezzak
Mollah, and local CPI(M) MLA Badal Jamadar. Armed with sticks and
pistols, the gang hurled bombs in the area before gate-crashing into
the meeting. Then they beat up Krishak Sabha activists. Mollah
narrowly escaped a blow with stick while at least 12 persons were
injured including the CPI(M)’s district secretariat member Tushar
Ghosh. Miscreants then ransacked the CPI(M) office and smashed

The Krishak Sabha was holding a meeting of agricultural workers on the
price rise and discussing the ways of conducting the proposed movement
when the incident took place. "Around noon, we heard bombs exploding
outside. Though people got a little apprehensive, the meeting
continued. Minutes later, 20-30 people pounded up the stairs and
barged into our room. They warned that no meeting or rally could be
organised in the area without Arabul's permission," Jamadar said. The
assembled people were beaten up and pushed out from the meeting.

Former Trinamul MLA Arabul Islam has been dreaded for his notoriety
and was indicted recently in the attack on a women lecturer of Bhangar

CPI(M) state secretary Biman Basu has strongly condemned the incident
and termed it as a direct attack on democracy. The Krishak Sabha too
condemned the attack and called for a statewide protest. On Wednesday,
July 11, protest meetings were organised in South 24 Parganas and
other districts.

A massive protest meeting was organised in Bhangar on Thursday, July
12, which was addressed by Suryakanta Misra, Gautam Deb and others.



In a show of political vendetta of the worst kind, the TMC government
of West Bengal created obstacles in commemoration of the 98th birth
anniversary of communist leader and former chief minister Jyoti Basu,
as former Left Front MLAs and ministers were barred from entering the
West Bengal assembly on Sunday, July 8, to observe the occasion. This
was despite the leader of opposition, Suryakanta Mishra’s request to
the speaker, Biman Bandyopadhyay, in this regard. Basu’s birthday
falls on July 8.

Surprisingly, the Trinamul-led government had ‘observed’ Basu’s birth
anniversary on Friday, July 6 --- two days before the date, even after
strong reactions from different quarters. The Left Front MLAs had
therefore chosen to stay away from the July 6 event, arguing that the
ruling party was dishonouring the departed leader by observing the
occasion two days in advance.

What happened on Sunday afternoon was that when Left leaders reached
the north gate of the assembly building, the Marshalls said former
MLAs could not enter the house without permission. Leader of
opposition Suryakanta Mishta then called up the speaker, Biman
Bandyopadhyay, and asked him to allow the former MLAs to go inside the
assembly building.

“Are the former MLAs criminals?” Mishra asked the speaker over phone
while informing him that some of those who had assembled were elected
way back in 1971. But when the speaker denied to entertain Mishra’s
request, the Left leaders decided to garland a portrait of Basu
outside the assembly building’s north gate.

This was because Left Front MLAs and former MLAs chose to pay their
tributes to Jyoti Basu on the pavement outside the gates of the
assembly building where a photo of him was placed. Misra stood on a
chair and spoke in the occasion. He said, “Jyoti Basu was the voice of
democracy. The ruling party in West Bengal is afraid of this very
democracy. But we will take the ideas of Jyoti Basu to the people.”

Describing the developments as “unparliamentary,” former speaker Hasim
Abdul Halim, who also stood outside the assembly buiding, said that it
was “disrespectful to the democratic norms of the house.” Halim
recalled that it was here that millions had paid their last tributes
to Comrade Jyoti Basu after his demise.

Subhash Naskar, RSP MLA, expressed his strong displeasure against the
attitude of the ruling party.



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