Former Chief Minister and member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Friday visited veteran MLA Abdur Razzak Molla who is convalescing in a private hospital here after being severely assaulted by alleged Trinamool Congress workers in the Bhangar area of South 24 Parganas district earlier this week.

Mr. Bhattacharjee shared some words with Mr. Molla and spoke to doctors attending to him. Before that, he had joined a procession organised by the Left Front on Wednesday against the attacks on their leaders and workers.

Mr. Molla, who suffered a fracture in his first lumbar vertebrae in the Sunday attack, has been advised three-week rest. Apart from being thrown to the ground, he was also punched in the face, which resulted in a deep gash in the lips requiring stitches. He later claimed that a former Trinamool Congress MP, Arabul Islam, had led the attack.

Sujon Chakraborty, Secretary of the CPI(M)’s South 24 Parganas district committee, accompanied Mr. Bhattacharjee to hospital.

In reply to a journalist’s question later on, Mr. Chakraborty dismissed as “gossip” suggestion that Mr. Bhattacharjee and Mr. Molla have fallen out with each other following Mr. Molla’s comments against the previous Left Front government’s moves to acquire land for industry.

“All persons have a right to their views…many things are also good for gossip (for those who indulge in it)…The party (the CPI-M) works as a team,” Mr. Chakraborty said.