Mukul hometown tense as Adhir takes potshots at Didi

In a politically charged atmosphere, Congress MP and Minister of State (MoS) for Railways Adhir Chowdhury today called for "removal of garbage" from Kanchrapara - the hometown of Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP and former railway minister Mukul Roy.

Adhir was reportedly greeted by a large number of cutouts of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Mukul as well as cartoons depicting Adhir's "criminal cases" that surrounded Bell Institute, where Chowdhury inaugurated a programme to celebrate 150 year of Kanchrapara Railway Workshop.

"The small town of Kanchrapara Railway Workshop is filled with garbage. The garbage needs to be cleaned because it has destroyed the beauty of this historically important town," Chowdhury said in a veiled reference to the cartoons.

Chowdhury's remarks came a day after a concrete welcome arch, set up to mark the occasion, was partly damaged allegedly by Trinamool supporters. "The structure could not be decorated as labourers were threatened with dire consequences if they started work," a security personal said. The programme was held without the structure being decorated.

The incident set political temperatures soaring at Kanchrapara and unprecedented security arrangements were made. Trinamool supporters put up thousands of party flags and tens of dozens of cutouts of Mukul and Mamata. So tense was the area that many shop owners chose to keep their establishments closed. In the evening, the Trinamool organised a rally at Gandhi More.

Mukul's son Subhrangshu Roy, the local Trinamool MLA, dismissed the charges. "Why should Trinamool workers damage the structure? I had designed it. There was delay in preparing it after my father relinquished charge. Also, all developmental works have slowed in the area."

The MLA added that the town was covered with posters and festoons because of today's rally and not to "display might" before Chowdhury.

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