Kolkata: March 29, 2021Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission, asking for the arrest of all anti-social elements in Purba Medinipur district — largely controlled by Suvendu Adhikari and his family. Mr Adhikari — a close aide of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who joined the BJP ahead of the elections — is her rival in Nandigram, the place that catapulted Ms Banerjee to power in 2011. The second phase of the mammoth, eight-phase elections in Bengal will be held on Thursday, when voting will take place in Nandigram as well. In another letter, the Trinamool said Mr Adhikari is harbouring criminals and putting them up in different hotels and guest houses of the state. Senior party leader Derek O’Brien, who wrote to the Commission, claimed that in spite of the local police being apprised of this, no action had been taken.