Trinamool Minister Loses Cool, Threatens SP

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Siliguri: Trinamool leader and north Bengal development minister Rabindranath Ghosh, who is known for his ill tamper, on Wednesday got into a heated argument with Cooch Behar superintendent of police Amit Singh.

This after police barred Trinamool from setting up a camp office near Cooch Behar Polytechnic College, where the counting of votes for the Lok Sabha polls is to take place tomorrow.

Going by counting norms, Section 144 of the CrPC remains in place within 200 metres radius of a counting venue. This implies that five or more people cannot assembly within this limit. Finding Trinamool setting up a camp office within less than 50 metres from the counting venue, police super Amit Singh asked the party cadres not to do this.

Hearing this, minister Ghosh reached the spot at once and got into a heated argument with Singh claiming that Trinamool has been setting up a camp office here during all election counting over the last 20 years.

But even after this when Singh did not relent, Ghosh ended up threatening him saying: “We will be here (in power) even after this election.” The police super, whom the Election Commission of India posted in Cooch Behar on the eve of the election there, kept his cool.

“I am only following election rules. I have no personal agenda in this,” Singh said, urging Ghosh to take up the matter with the district magistrate.