Congress received a major blow at Sabang in West Midnapore when family members of the deceased Chatra Parishad leader Krishnaprasad Jana on Thursday joined the election campaign of Trinamool Congress candidate from the area.
It may be recalled that Jana, the third year BA student of Sajanikanta College, succumbed to his injuries which he had received during a clash that broke out in the college on August 7, 2015.
Congress leaders had attempted to get mileage out of his death by alleging that he was beaten to death by some supporters of Trinamool Congress Chatra Parishad. Even senior Congress leaders and candidate of the party from Sabang Assembly constituency, Manas Bhuniya had gone for a hunger strike protesting against the incident. Congress had also brought up the incident as a major issue in this election.
But all attempts of Congress leaders of “politicising the incident” seems have gone to vain on Thursday with the victim’s father and sister-in-law joining the rally in support of Trinamool Congress candidate from Sabang Assembly constituency Nirmal Ghosh.
They participated in a 3-km long rally and both the victim’s father Bhanupada Jana and sister-in-law Sabita Jana were found were found marching along with Ghosh in front of the procession attended by thousand more supporters of the party.
Realising that the death of Jana was unnecessarily politicised by Congress, both of his family members said that they will continue attending the rally of Trinamool Congress. “It’s not that we are attending the rally just ahead of the Assembly elections in the state. We will continue extending our support to Trinamool Congress,” said the victim’s sister-in-law.
According to the Trinamool Congress candidate, Ghosh, the family members had decided to be in our rally after realising that rumours were spread after the death of Jana to defame Trinamool Congress and moreover no other political party had undertaken so many works for an overall development of the state.
Elections in Sabang Assembly constituency are scheduled to take place on April 11.
Bhuniya had won the election in 2011 from the seat as a candidate of the Trinamool Congress-Congress alliance. Though the collective votes of Congress and Left Front in the Assembly constituency is much ahead of the votes Trinamool Congress had bagged in 2014 Lok Sabha elections, there is possibility of a change in the seat as the alliance between the Congress and Left front has not gone well with the people of the area.