Murder brews in TMC, key leader on hit list
Prominent leaders of Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress are trying to kill their own colleague-party's youngest Lok Sabha MP Suvendu Adhikary-a secret intelligence report of the state police has claimed. Saubhadra Chatterji reports. All’s not welldelhi Updated: Jun 25, 2012 01:47 IST
Prominent leaders of Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress are trying to kill their own colleague-party's youngest Lok Sabha MP Suvendu Adhikary-a secret intelligence report of the state police has claimed. While the state police brass moved fresh security guidelines to protect the leader, the report also perhaps indicates that Trinamool's internal political rivalry is taking a dangerous turn.
Ironically, chief minister Mamata Banerjee retains the home department and is the political boss of the state's police force.
The report (a copy is available with HT) stated, "Credible information has been received that some intra-party rivalry associated with the opposite main rival political party have decided to cause serious mischief even to the extent of causing death to Suvendu Adhikary."
"It is further learnt that some prominent leaders of Trinamool are encouraging such a ghastly programme arising out of intra-party rivalry," the report added. Adhikary, along with his father Shishir (minister of state for rural development in the UPA government) and brothers Dibyendu (MLA from Egra) and Soumendu (chairman of Contai municipality) is popularly called a 'political empire' that wields immense power in Trinamool's bastion of south Bengal.
Meanwhile, Shishir Adhikary told HT, "We suspect some mischievous elements in our party may try to cause harm to us. But we have full faith in our leader Mamata Banerjee."
Suvendu, a key force behind Trinamool's Nandigram movement, recently faced a major setback after losing municipal election in Haldia-in the neighbourhood of Nandigram.
While the initial report suggests that political rivals
would try to put the blame on Maoists for attempt to murder Adhikary, a security guideline issued by the East Medinipur SP on June 17 says, "Latest IB report and other inputs indicate there is a chance of kidnap of Tamluk MP at any time during his journey."