Morcha show of strength in Siliguri

Siliguri, May 7: The Darjeeling district CPM has accused the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha leaders of delivering inflammatory speeches at their rally in Indira Gandhi Maidan, thereby violating the conditions laid down by the administration.
“They launched personal attacks against our leaders, especially Asok Bhattacharya,” said Jibitesh Sarkar, a senior district leader and a member of the CPM state committee.
Police and the district administration had instructed the Morcha not to carry out personal attacks against opposition party leaders as one of the 19 conditions laid down for the meeting to be held in Siliguri. However, Morcha chief Bimal Gurung today spent around 20 minutes vilifying Bhattacharya, the Bengal urban development minister and Siliguri MLA.
“The administration had spelt this out to avoid any confrontation, either today or later. But look how they have violated the conditions. They have spoken in a fascist manner,” Sarkar said.
In fact, almost all the speakers, including Kamtapur Progressive Party president Atul Roy and Greater Cooch Behar Democratic Party leader Asutosh Barma, attacked Bhattacharya for the way in which he had handled the potential rift between the hills and the plains.
Siliguri Municipal Corporation member Mukul Sengupta, Sarkar and DYFI district secretary Shankar Ghosh were also mentioned by Gurung and Morcha leader Roshan Giri for being allegedly involved in the incidents on May 2 when a few supporters of the hill party were assaulted in Siliguri.
The Morcha has also named the trio in an FIR and demanded their arrest within seven days. Otherwise 10,000 supporters would descend on Siliguri for an agitation, the Morcha leaders warned.
Sengupta said such remarks were “inflammatory and an attempt to create trouble, which the people of Siliguri will not accept”. “Had the DYFI supporters not intervened that day, something worse would have happened. The youths rescued the victims and took them away from the spot,” Sengupta added. (The Telegraph)

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