Trinamool Congress painted itself into a corner when party workers led by former MLA Arabul Islam allegedly beat up CPI(M) MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah.
The ruling party has attracted deep censure from all quarters, ranging from city intellectuals to various political party leaders. Rebel Trinamool Congress leader Kabir Suman, who never fails to criticise his own party, publicly apologised to a grievously injured Mollah, saying, “I want to personally apologise to Mollah for the incident. I don’t know why Arabul fails to understand the fact that such actions on his part are sending strong negative messages to the public and tarnishing the image of the party as a whole.”
Senior Congress leader Arunava Ghosh spoke on similar lines, deeply criticising chief minister Mamata Banerjee.
“This is quite a natural way for Trinamool workers to react. It is in their basic nature. These hounds (the attackers) have no idea how their actions are tarnishing the image of the party and the chief minister, who keeps insisting on peaceful politics,” he said.
“These are very bad days for West Bengal’s politics. People may have differences in their political opinions, but that doesn’t give you the right to attack someone physically,” Ghosh added.
“We all have different political opinions but we would never resort to such violent ways to voice that difference. This is absolutely condemnable. People had voted for change and all their efforts seem to have gone to waste,” said BJP leader Rahul Sinha.
In the background of this flurry of criticism, Bengal Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya alleged that Trinamool workers also subjected them to similar attacked on Saturday at a party meeting in East Midnapore. “Yesterday 25 party workers were badly beaten up by some Trinamool Congress workers who attacked our party meeting in East Midnapore. The chief minister keeps insisting that she would not tolerate any kind of anarchy in the state, but it is her own party members who do these things. Who will look in to this?” Bhattacharya said.
He also insisted that immediate police action be taken against perpetrators. Theatre activist Kaushik Sen voiced his concern for the general public who he thinks is at a great risk at a time when even political leaders are not spared from violence.
“I am worried about the alarming trend our ruling party has started with their unruliness. When big personalities and political leaders like Mollah are not spared what will be the fate of the common man here? Moreover, Trinamool men like Firhad Hakim is trying to justify the incident; this is even more unfortunate. The situation has not changed with the change in the ruling party,” said Sen.
CPI(M) state secretariat member Rabin Deb severely condemned the incident, saying, “Trinamool leaders have always claimed such incidents are framed and steps to malign them. It is only natural on their part to claim this attack is also a framed incident. But we must recollect that this is the same Arabul who is famous for throwing jugs on college professors. Time and again, the true nature of the Trinamool Congress men has been revealed.”