The attack on senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) MLA Abdur Rezzak Mollah on Sunday by Trinamool Congress supporters indicated the ruling party’s design to crush the Opposition in West Bengal, Opposition leaders said while condemning the incident .

 While the Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Dr. Surya Kanta Mishra said at Diamond Harbour, in the State’s South 24 Parganas district, that it was time to stand up to the atrocities being committed by the Trinamool and that it was not just the CPI (M) that was under attack, State Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya blamed the Trinamool for lawlessness in the State . “[The] Chief Minister says that lawlessness will not be tolerated but it is her party that is providing shelter to the unruly. Public resentment is mounting by the day”, Mr. Bhattacharya cautioned.

Pointing out that large sections of the people — from political opponents, farmers, women to efficient police personnel — were under attack, Dr. Mishra gave the call for democratic protests against the violence unleashed by the Trianmool. He was speaking at the open session of the three-day conference of the Krishak Sabha’s South 24 Parganas district unit, which Mr. Mollah was supposed to attend . “We want peace, we do not want revenge … The more the violence the greater the mobilisation of the people against it. The people are our strength. They are the final judges,” Dr. Mishra said.

West Bengal Left Front Committee chairman and CPI (M) State secretary Biman Bose said that the Trinamool was using violence to stifle “the voice of the Opposition.”

BJP State unit president Rahul Sinha, too, joined the chorus of protests and warned that people would identify those who were engaging in violence and give them a fitting reply at the opportune time.

However, amid all the outrage, the Trinamool Congress leadership dismissed the incident as “not so serious” and alleged that it was “staged”. 

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