Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee always ready to shake her hands into the current burning issues running through the nationwide. This time Ruling Trinamool Congress leaders are all set to use the brutal murder of construction worker from Malda, Afrajul Khan, in Rajasthan.
The Bengal polls are important as these are being considered as a rehearsal for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Bengal is a focus state for BJP with the party eyeing at least 22 of the 44 seats in the state. Trinamool Congress will start preparations for the selection of candidates for the rural polls after the publication of the draft voters’ list on December 28.
TMC leaders are ready to campaign against BJP in the rural polls to be held in Bengal in the first half of 2018. In a video that shocked the nation on December 7, Khan, 49, was seen being hacked to death by Sambhu Lal Regar, a self-confessed worker of the saffron camp, even as the labourer from Bengal kept begging for his life. Regar then set fire to his body and burst into a communal rant that was captured in the video.
Rajasthan Police later arrested both Regar and his nephew who shot the video on a phone. The incident took place in Rajsamand, about 340 km from state capital Jaipur.
The murder of the migrant labourer triggered strong public reaction all over Bengal with almost all parties strongly condemning the incident and organising rallies against it. However, the issue can be of particular importance in districts such as Malda (Muslims 51.27% of the population according to 2011 census), Murshidabad (66.27%), North Dinajpur (49.92%) Birbhum 37.06%) and South 24 Parganas (35.57%).
Incidentally, TMC leaders have held several protest rallies in Malda and others areas of the state against the brutal murder.