Contaminated leaders cause major public relations crisis in Trinamool
Contaminated ministers and other public officials embroiled in controversies are causing problems for the Trinamool Congress at the helm of West Bengal, which is now in its third consecutive term. With party leaders already found guilty in the public eye – and suffering its wrath – the party can only limit the damage.
At the SSKM hospital here on Monday, where he went for a checkup to avoid a CBI summons as part of an investigation into a cattle smuggling scam, strongman Anubrata Mondal of the party in the district of Birbhum, was nicknamed “goru chor” (cow-thief) by the crowd which surrounded his car as he left the hospital.
Also in April, Mondal skipped a call from the Central Bureau of Investigation to appear for inquest by being admitted to the same hospital, alleging breathing difficulties. This time, however, doctors told him he did not need to be admitted to hospital.
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Veteran Trinamool leader Partha Chatterjee, who was suspended from the party and stripped of his cabinet and all party posts, was also met with ‘chor’ (thief) mockery in July when he s went to AIIMS in Bhubaneswar for a court order. medical check-up. Chatterjee, who was currently in police custody and being questioned in the case of recruitment irregularities at government-subsidized schools, was assaulted by a woman who tried to throw slippers at him on August 2.
On Saturday, family members of a local Trinamool chief were roughed up in the East Midnapore district by locals because the chief allegedly took money from people, promising them jobs in return.
As the party distanced itself from Chatterjee, the visuals of crores of cash salvaged from the residences of Chatterjee’s close aide, Arpita Mukherjee, were imprinted on the collective minds of the public.
Now, with ruling party leaders deemed corrupt, Trinamool, to save face and perhaps itself from the ruling opposition, has no choice but to make pledges of action punitive measures against those found guilty.