President's son's visit exposes cracks in Tripura Congress
Agartala, Sep 10 (IANS) A section of Congress leaders in Tripura Monday demanded strict action against the Congress workers who manhandled President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee here last week.
Abhijit Mukherjee, a member of the West Bengal assembly, accompanied by party legislator Joseph Munda, came here last week to attend a seminar organised in connection with the 105th birth anniversary of Tripura's first chief minister Sachindralal Singha.
"After attending the discussion in the city, Mukherjee, Munda and other party leaders went to inaugurate a library at Kali Bazar on the outskirts of the city. Some party workers led by state Congress leader Balai Goswami manhandled Mukherjee there," Tripura Pradesh Congress general secretary Subal Bhowmik told reporters.
"These unruly party men are close to the Congress leaders who are now running the party in Tripura. They misbehaved with Mukherjee and used foul language," Bhowmik said.
Bhowmik, also a member of the Tripura assembly and senior Congress leader, has sent a letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi giving details of the Sep 6 incident.
According to Bhowmik, Abhijit Mukherjee was declared a state guest by the Tripura government. He was entitled to "Z" category security.
"Though Abhijit Mukherjee did not want security from the state government, it should have been extended to him, at the very least," Bhowmik said, adding that he had later overheard Abhijit Mukherjee remarking that he had not imagined that he would be subjected to such harassment by Congressmen in Tripura.
Another senior Congress leader and former minister Birajit Sinha also demanded severe action against those Congress activists who manhandled Abhijit Mukherjee.
"The state Congress leadership has been trying to hush up the matter. If the guilty Congress leaders and workers go scot free following the incident, it would damage the party image," Sinha, also a former state party president, told reporters.
Without naming state Congress President Sudip Roy Barman, Bhowmik said that after the change of the Congress leadership a few months ago, previous state party chief Surajeet Datta, the party's legal cell chief Pijush Kanti Biswas, All India Congress secretary Jay Kumar and former legislator Tapas Dey were among those who had been assaulted.
"There is huge scope to oust the Left Front in Tripura. But the present Congress leadership is just making a mess of the opportunity," Bhowmik said, adding that party workers were anxious to see the Left ousted in assembly polls scheduled for February 2013.
The Tripura Pradesh Congress Committee, however, has denied the whole incident and the state police, too, have remained silent.
"There was no complaint filed with the police about the shoving about of Abhijit Mukherjee," West Tripura district police chief R.G.K. Rao told IANS.
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