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Featured Image: Arabul Islam in file photo. 

By A Newsman

Diamond Harbour, 20 January: CRIMINALISATION of politics may sound a topic very cliché to the citizenry at large. But the fact is, in election season, political parties need such entities a little too many.

No wonder, Arabul Islam, the strongman from Bhangar in South 24-Parganas against whom several criminal cases are pending, including that of attempt to murder, has made a comeback to the Trinamool Congress.

Arabul was suspended from Trinamool for six years on 28 October 2014 for his alleged role in the murder of two party workers, but the ruling party today revoked the suspension and took him back into fold from what now effectively turns out to be a 14 months exile.

His expulsion was announced in 2014 by none less than the Trinamool’s secretary general Partha Chatterjee from the party’s head office at Tiljala area in Kolkata. His re-inclusion today was announced by Kolkata Mayor and Trinamool South 24-Pargans district president, Sovon Chatterjee, from a party public meeting at Bijoy Ganj Bazar in Bhangar.

Along with Arabul, his rival in the party, Kaiser Ahmed, who was removed from the post of Trinamool Bhangar-I block president on the same day, has been reinstated to his post.

The Kolkata Mayor, who is a close confidant of Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee, said that the decision to revoke the suspension of Arabul, and reinstatement of Kiaser to his post, has been taken by the party. “I am only announcing the party’s decision here,” he said loud and clear from the Bhangar stage.

It is widely believed that in Trinamool Congress, nothing happens without the nod of Mamata Banerjee, who also happens to be the state Chief Minister. In 2014, the action against Arabul and Kaiser was said to be a part of measures suggested by her to cleanse the party of those involved in infighting and having criminal records.