The body of a slain CPI(M) panchayat leader became the focal point of a day long confrontation between the party and the Trinamool Congress government.
As the CPI(M) planned to bring the body to Kolkata and rally on the streets, the Trinamool Congress government allegedly tactfully thwarted it, delaying the post mortem process.
Ultimately, all the CPI(M) could do was send a delegation to meet governor MK Narayanan and highlight lawlessness in the state.
Both the Trinamool Congress and the CPI(M) have all along been using ‘body politics’ to spearhead their agitation.
Victims of political violence and bodies of slain party workers were used to spearhead agitations on a number of occasions.
“It is the Trinamool Congress goons who are behind the murder. We wanted to bring the body to Kolkata so that everyone could pay their last respects. But the government forcefully prevented it. The Trinamool is so scared of us now that they are not even allowing peaceful demonstrations,” said Sujan Chakraborty, CPI(M) state committee leader.
“It is a grand plan of the Trinamool Congress to spread a reign of terror, keeping in mind the Lok Sabha polls. In Bashirhat, we did well in the panchayat polls and expect to perform well in the Lok Sabha elections. The ruling party has resorted to politics of annihilation to stop this,” said Gautam Deb, CPI(M) state secretariat member.
“Every death is sad. In this case, the man died due to infighting among two factions of the CPI(M). The party should take the body back to the village and perform the man’s last rites. Instead, they wanted to bring the body to Kolkata, show it around and create anarchy and chaos. I hope good sense prevails among the CPI(M),” said Jyotipriyo Mullick, state food minister and Trinamool Congress observer for North 24-Parganas.
Tension spread in the Bashirhat-Hasnabad area after Jehangir Alam, panchayat samity sabhapati in Hasnabad, North 24 Parganas, was killed last night.
CPI(M) leaders feel the ruling Trinamool Congress is behind the murder.
CPIM leaders planned to move around with the body of their martyr in Kolkata, first taking it to Alimuddin Street, where top leaders were scheduled to pay their last respect to the deceased.
Then the body was to be taken to Esplanade where a public meeting was planned.