A large number of TMC MLAs and leaders are disgruntled after party supremo Mamata Banerjee announced poll candidates for 291 seats.
TMC supporters blocked roads in various areas against the leadership’s decision of excluding many sitting MLAs and leaders from contesting poll. For instance, veteran sitting MLAs like Jatu Lahiri, Rabindranath Bhattacharya, Sonali Guha, Rafikur Rahaman and many others were not considered this time, prompting them to express their resentment against leadership.Arabul Islam, a TMC strongman and former MLA from Bhangar, has come down harshly on the party leadership after Dr Rezaul Karim was given ticket.
Arabul had won the Assembly polls in 2006 and was also a strong contender to contest from Bhangar. He was defeated by the then CPI-M candidate Badal Zamadar in Bhangar in 2011 Assembly polls when TMC came to power. In 2016, TMC had fielded Rezzak Mollah, former CPI-M MLA and minister in the Left Front Cabinet, in Bhangar instead of Arabul. Mollah had joined TMC during 2014 quitting CPI-M. Arabul expressed his grouse on his Facebook wall. His followers blocked roads in different areas of Bhangar to protest party’s decision.