Trinamul all out to contain dance 'damage'

Calcutta, Jan. 3: The Trinamul leadership today hinted that the party would go all out to "contain the damage" from Tuesday's Bhangar episode keeping in mind the panchayat polls this year.

"Mamatadi is extremely angry with the way local leaders in Bhangar behaved. The incident will definitely have a negative impact on the party. Efforts are on to contain the damage before the panchayat polls," a Trinamul leader close to chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Sources said the party's three-member disciplinary committee of all-India general-secretary Mukul Roy, secretary-general Partha Chatterjee and state president Subrata Bakshi, has started a probe. It yesterday suspended zilla parishad member Mir Tahir Ali who organised the event where party leader Ainul Ali Mollah threw wads of currency notes on dancing bar girls.

Senior Trinamul leaders said it was time the party strictly enforced discipline on some workers.

Trinamul MP Saugata Roy today said: "In recent times, a number of incidents have embarrassed the party. The leadership now has to think of ways to curb such incidents."

Veteran leader and Diamond Harbour MP Somen Mitra said such incidents were like contagious diseases and needed to be controlled with an iron-hand.

"When such things happen, the leadership must deal with a strong hand. These incidents are like contagious diseases. If not controlled now, they could have an impact on other party supporters," he said.

Trinamul insiders did not rule out a possibility of change in the Bhangar unit, which has left the party red-faced on a couple of occasions in the past few months. In April, former MLA and local strongman Arabul Islam had earned the leadership's wrath after he sent a jug flying at a teacher of Bhangar college during a meeting.

Some leaders even suggested that workers who were out to malign the party with such acts were being left unpunished.

Trinamul's Rajya Sabha MP Derek 'Brien had yesterday quoted Mamata's reaction to the incident in his tweet as "zero tolerance."

Today, Mir Tahir Ali said he would accept any punishment that Mamata decided. "I will accept whatever the party decides. I have been with the party since its inception and will never leave."

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