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Shun CPM, Trinamool cry at rally for Chhatradhar

kolkata Updated: May 08, 2011 16:38 IST
HT Correspondent

CPI(M) and Trinamool are products of the same poisonous tree. PCAPA leaders said so at a rally at Jhargram town on Saturday where they held a meeting and took out a rally in support of Chhatradhar Mahato.

They appealed to voters not to cast a single vote for the "harmad" CPI(M) or for the opportunist Trinamool. They also said that only Chhatradhar can usher in freedom for the people of Jangalmahal.

On Friday, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee attended a rally at Jhargram and without naming Mahato appealed to the people not to give any vote which will only help and strengthen the CPI(M).

Besides Niyati Mahato, wife of the rebel, his election agent Bhagbat Hansda, PCAPA secretary Manoj Mahato, and others were present at the rally on Saturday at Rajbari Maidan at Jhargram town.

Ashutosh Mahato, father of the rebel, was also present at the rally and appealed for votes in favour of his son.

One day after the rally of railway minister, Jhargram town saw a big rally in support of the PCAPA leader contesting the state assembly election as an independent candidate from jail under the banner of Santras Durniti Samrajyabadi Agrasan Birodhi Mancha.

Supporters of PCAPA and Mahato came from different places like Lalgarh, Binpur, Dahijuri, Jhargram, Manikpara, Sapdhara and Ramgarh. Thousands of supporters came in buses, lorries, mini buses and pick up vans.

Mahato who appealed to the court so that he can campaign on his own, but perhaps that will not be possible due to the "conversation" of court and Election Commission. But his men made a big rally on Saturday, just before the closing of the campaigning time.

Though the PCAPA leaders had claimed that more than 15,000 people came to attend the rally in favour of the candidate, the police said about 7,000 attended the rally.

Before having the meeting, the rally moved around in Jhargram town, and the common people, and also the CPI(M) and Trinamool leaders witnessed the rally, that can change all the arithmetic in Jhargram assembly election.

Beside Mahato's har's wife, father, his election agent and PCAPA secretary, the rally was attended by Jyotsna Mahato, a leader of Nari Ijjat Banchao Committee and Rajesh Mahato, a leader of Kurmi society.

Appealing to the people to cast their vote in favour of her husband, Niyati Mahato said with folded hands, "Please vote for my husband who has gone to jail fighting for the rights of the people."

His father, (who is also the father of Maoist leader Shashadhar Mahato, who recently died in an encounter with joint forces) said, "We are suffering from police torture over the last 15 years. My pain can be eased if people favour my son in his quest to win the election."