In a unique gesture, Sabyasachi Dutta, Trinamool Congress candidate from Rajarhat-Newtown Assembly constituency on Sunday stepped into a CPI(M) party office at Manikhola in midst of a rally in his support and spoke to the members of the rival party.
During the talk over a cup of tea, he assured the members that the election will be held peacefully.
Dutta went to Manikhola area in Narayanpur for campaigning where he also gave finishing touch to a wall graffiti with his name. After attending some programmes and rallies, he walked towards a blood donation camp. On his way to the camp, he suddenly stepped into the office of CPI(M) leaving everyone astonished.
CPI(M) leader Tapas Malakar and three other persons were sitting inside the party office.
They cordially requested Dutta to take a seat. After enquiring about the health of the CPI(M) leaders, Dutta requested for a cup of tea.
Hesitating initially, the CPI(M) leaders initiated a talk over the Assembly elections. Dutta assured them that Trinamool Congress will always support the election Commission to conduct a free and fair election.
Dutta was in the party office for around 10 to 15 minutes. Hundreds of Trinamool Congress supporters gathered outside the party office after knowing about Dutta’s unique move.
It is learnt that CPI(M) supporters urged Dutta to ask workers of Trinamool Congress to leave some walls for graffiti for the candidates of their party.
They also discussed about the advantages of declaring the list of candidates early and lamented for delaying the list of Left Front candidates, sources said.
Later, Dutta said, “We may have different political ideologies. But it doesn’t mean we cannot talk. It was a courtesy. But we cannot let them win the election.”
Appreciating Dutta’s decision to spend some time the CPI(M) party office, a local resident Manish Barui, said: “We had never seen such a move by any leader earlier. It was really nice and it shows the optimistic attitude of Trinamool Congress leaders.”