Kolkata: Congress workers protest against Abhishek Manu Singhvi, expressing their unhappiness over him representing Bengal govt in Supreme Court during a hearing of BJP’s petition over Panchayat elections in the state. Protesters detained.
Singhvi, who won his Rajya Sabha seat from West Bengal with support from the TMC just two weeks back appeared on behalf of the state government and opposed the BJP’s plea to deploy central paramilitary forces in the elections.
Interestingly, while Singhvi was arguing on behalf of the Mamata government, party’s Bengal unit president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was himself pleading his case for deployment of central forces during panchayat elections before the Calcutta High Court.
This is not the first time that the senior advocate has appeared for the TMC run state government at the apex court. He had represented them for both the Saradha and the Narada sting case as well.
The development comes at a time when Congress workers, especially in districts like Murshidabad, which was once a Congress bastion is facing attacks by the ruling TMC ahead of next month’s panchayat polls.
On Saturday, while Chowdhury led his party men to the Kandi SDO office to file nominations, TMC supporters allegedly blocked and assaulted Congress workers.