CPI(M) MP and politburo member Mohammad Selim on Thursday said that not merely change but revenge was the ideology followed by the party in the Assembly election.
Addressing a political rally on Thursday afternoon Selim said “I am not Suryababu ( Misra). Badal noe badla chai (not merely change but revenge should be taken),” he said.
Selim’s speech reminded the old style which CPI(M) leaders had followed before losing power in 2011. It may be recalled that Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee as the Chief Minister had said in the Assembly in 2007: “We have 235 MLAs and they (meaning Trinamool) have only 30.”
Selim’s speech reminded the people of the old days of red terror. It may be recalled that 11 people were killed by CPI(M) goons at Sujpur under Nanoor police station in 2000.
Selim said the Trinamool Congress had lost credibility and if voted back to power revenge should be taken. “The corrupt TMC leaders should be kept behind the bars. They have robbed the money of common people. We will conduct inquiry into all financial irregularities and punish the corrupt leaders.”
Anubrata Mondol, Birbhum district president of Trinamool Congress said Selim’s speech would result in loss of vote for the CPI(M). “In the past four and a half years no major crime had taken place in the district and people were living peacefully.
The attempt to disturb peace will be dealt with seriously and if anything untoward happens, Selim will be held responsible,” he said adding that Selim will see how people have punished his party when election results will be out on May 19.”
On Wednesday Sitaram Yechury took a jibe at Modi's recent election campaign in Assam where he touched on his early days as a tea-seller.
"Campaigning in Assam, the prime minister said he used to sell Assam tea, when he will campaign here, he will say he used to sell Darjeeling tea. Don't know what tea he sold, but now he is selling the country," Yechury said.