Trinamool Congress supporters on Friday organised a rally to condemn the concocted sting operation which was telecast to malign the party before the Assembly elections.
Within an hour after the operation was telecast, veteran party leader Mukul Roy had called a press conference and called it a doctored one. Derek O’ Brian, party spokesman said that it was a deliberate attempt to malign the party before the poll.
Mamata Banerjee who has been touring in North Bengal when the video was telecast said the party was keeping a tab on the situation and the people of the state would not tolerate the deliberate attempt by CPI(M), Congress and BJP who had formed a rainbow alliance and would given them a befitting reply by defeating their candidates in the election.
Interestingly, except Adhir Chowdhury no other Congress leader including party’s chairperson Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi had said anything on the matter.
The national leadership of BJP has also distanced themselves from it. The matter has been referred to the Ethics Committee of Lok Sabha. Trinamool Congress has also given legal notice to the Narada news agency.
The rally started at Sealdah and ended at Y channel. Trinamool Congress leaders said it was protest to malign the party before the polls. Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Youth Congress president who has already given a legal notice to the Editor of Sangbad Pritin for carrying the malicious news said the Opposition after failing to counter Trinamool Congress politically had now resorted to spreading canard against the party.
“But like Sarada it will not have any impact on the election,” he said.
Hundreds of Trinamool supporters took part in the rally. They shouted slogans against the wrong intention of the Opposition parties.
The leaders said the more the Opposition parties would try to spread canard against Trinamool, the stronger would be its contact with people.
“Trinamool believes in the great alliance with the people and any attempt by the Opposition to disrupt this would be dealt with seriously,” Partha Chattopadhyay, secretary general of Trinamool Congress said.