Kolkata: A Trinamool leader and state minister has asked his party activists not to marry any CPI-M worker and avoid even small talk with members of the Left party.

Trinamool leader and food and supplies minister, Jyotipriya Mallick on Monday while addressing a public meeting asked the supporters and party workers not to marry any CPI (M) activist and totally boycott them. Mallick’s comments have intensified the political stir in the state.

"Don't mingle with CPI-M workers. Don't talk to them. Don't establish any marriage relation with CPI-M cadre," Mallick told a party meeting last night in comments that could fuel a controversy and also reflecting Trinamool's bitter rivalry with CPI-M.

The comments of the TMC leader came after the CPI (M) launched its protest on the backdrops of recent series of steps taken by the ruling party which led to a public outrage in the state.

The TMC government’s recent steps of cutting down the newspaper purchase, directing the state-run and state-funded libraries to stock only specific newspapers, farmers suicides, cartoon row has not gone well in the CPI (M), which decided to protest against it.

The CPI (M) staged protest against the state government, which has cut down the newspaper purchase, directing the state-run and state-funded libraries to stock only specific newspapers, farmers suicides, cartoon row.

Remarkably, the CPI (M) has received significant public support. The Congress has also criticized the TMC for its stringent norms and rules.

The bizarre comments of Mallick have led those TMC leaders and supporters in fix who recently joined hands with the TMC post the assembly elections.

JPN/Bureau