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Rebel TMC leader boycotts voting

Shiv Sahay Singh
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Rebel Trinamool Congress leader Hriday Ghosh along with his wifer Shibani Ghosh in Birbhum district in West Bengal on Wednesday.—Photo: Sushanta Patronobish
Rebel Trinamool Congress leader Hriday Ghosh along with his wifer Shibani Ghosh in Birbhum district in West Bengal on Wednesday.—Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Rebel Trinamool Congress leader from the Parui area in Birbhum district, Hridoy Ghosh decided to boycott the Lok Sabha polls on Wednesday, nearly 11 months after his father was killed after Mr. Ghosh, decided to contest the panachayat polls as an independent candidate.

Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Ghosh, who claimed to be living under constant threat, said he had become disillusioned with politics.

A political activist for nearly three decades, Mr. Ghosh did not dare to venture out of his home to the polling booth in Bandhnava village, stating that there were many against him in the area looking for an opportunity to attack him.

Though he has been provided security on the orders of the court, Mr. Ghosh, who has taken up the legal battle involving the murder of his father, feels far from secure.

“I had to pay a heavy price for contesting polls. I am completely disillusioned with the administration and the government machinery and want to stay away from politics as much as I can,” Mr. Ghosh said.

He reminisced that in 2003 he was the only Trinamool Congress member at the panchayat level in the Bolpur block, and now has to fight a legal battle against the leaders of the same party.

Days after Trinamool Congress president of Birbhum district Anubrata Mondal exhorted party supporters to burn down the houses of those contesting polls as independent candidates, Sagar Ghosh, the father of Mr. Ghosh, was shot dead by assailants on June 21,2013.

The issue has turned out to be a major political controversy as the police and the State administration started making arrests only after repeated interventions by the High Court .

Earlier this month, the High Court expressed anguish over photographs of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seen sharing a dais with Anurbrata Mondal and asked what message the photographs were convening. Mr Mondal is one of the 41 persons accused in the murder.

Though Mr. Ghosh, a 47-year-old farmer, is shying away from any political activity, he is firm on getting justice for his father.

“My only aim is justice for my father, who had to die for not fault of his. I repose all my faith in the judiciary and hope that those responsible for the act are punished and the family does not have to spend their lives under the shadow of fear,” he added.


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