“Trinamool trying to implicate the Rail Minister in a murder case”

West Bengal Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya on Wednesday slammed the Trinamool Congress for trying to “implicate” Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in the 2011 murder of a Trinamool activist.

 He described the ruling party’s effort to get Mr. Chowdhury arrested as “nothing but a conspiracy.”

 By putting Mr. Chowdhury behind bars, the Trinamool wants to capture the Berhampore municipality in the coming civic elections, claimed Mr. Bhattacharya.

 “The ruling party cannot bear the fact that despite all its terror tactics, the Congress still remains politically relevant in the State. The Trinamool is conspiring against Mr. Chowdhury as it was under his leadership that the Congress retained the Murshidabad zilla parishad in the last panchayat elections.”

‘Law to take its own course’

To a question on the Congress’s charge, Trinamool leader Mukul Roy said, “The law will take its own course.”

Mr. Bhattacharya, who was speaking at a party rally organised in protest against the moves to arrest Mr. Chowdhury, accused the Trinamool of “hatching similar conspiracies against Congress leaders and workers all across the State.” The police were slapping false charges against Mr. Chowdhury, he charged.

Later, a delegation of party leaders called on Governor M.K. Narayanan at Raj Bhavan and sought an impartial investigation into the allegations against the Rail Minister. They appealed to him to direct the State government not to harass the Minister.

‘Political vendetta’

Congress spokesperson Abdul Mannan told The Hindu that the Trinamool was engaging in “political vendetta” by implicating Mr. Chowdhury in a false case as it wanted him disqualified as MP. The Trinamool was trying to use the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that bars convicted lawmakers from continuing in their posts in Parliament and Assemblies.

“The State government, in collusion with the police, has misled the court by submitting that Mr. Chowdhury has been absconding for the last two years. Everyone knows where Adhir Chowdhury has been all this while,” Mr. Mannan added.

Last month, a court in Murshidabad district issued an arrest warrant against Mr. Chowdhury in connection with the murder of the Trinamool activist. His name also figured in the charge sheet filed by the police.

“Trinamool trying to implicate the MoS (Railways) in a murder case”