Ahead of its party president's election rally in West Bengal, the Congress party faced a massive embarrassment as party workers created chaos and ruckus at the rally ground in Malda.
Rahul Gandhi was to address a rally in Malda on Saturday as part of his Lok Sabha poll campaign. But just ahead of his visit, his party workers expressed anger over the VVIP culture at the event location by throwing chairs.
In the visuals accessed by Republic TV, agitated Congress workers can be seen expressing their anger over the fact that a certain section of the ground was out of bounds for them, and kept private for the VVIP members.
There was a lot of pushing and shoving going around as the party workers made their way into the VVIP section from the back, close to the stage, which was at that time empty for the senior Congress leaders and members.
Republic TV has learnt that the situation went completely out of control, with few of the workers throwing the chairs with force into the VVIP section to show their anger.
The Congress party is facing a tough situation in the state of West Bengal, which is predominantly dominated by ruling TMC. With no sign of an alliance in cards with Mamata Banerjee's party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the grand old party also seems to have let go of an opportunity to join hands with the CPI(M).
The CPI(M)-Congress seat-sharing talks failed after the latter accused the Left of insulting it by unilaterally announcing 38 candidates in the state, which has 42 Lok Sabha seats.
Leaders of both the Congress and the CPI(M) agreed that the failure to clinch a seat-sharing deal would actually be a negative factor for both the parties and they might not win more than one or two seats in the state.
"It is true that elections will now be more polarised between the TMC and the BJP. But the CPI(M) needs to understand that it has to be more flexible while working in an alliance," state Congress president Somen Mitra told PTI.
(With inputs from PTI)