The government has done away with democratic politics, says Biman Bose

The violence that occurred at Presidency University on April 10 was provoked by party workers of the Trinamool Congress who had no connection with the institution, alleged Biman Bose, chairman of the State Left Front Committee, here on Friday.

“What happened at Presidency University is unprecedented. Those who are grandfathers and senior party leaders got involved in affairs of students of Presidency University. They are not students, teachers or non-teaching staff, not even alumni of the institution,” Mr. Bose said.

He said the Left “strongly condemned the role the Trinamool Congress workers” in the incident.

Speaking to journalists after a Left Front meeting, Mr. Bose was also critical of the city’s Commissioner of Police Surajit Kar Purkaystha, who “has refused to meet a delegation of the Left Front.”

The leaders of the Kolkata District Committee of the Left Front had sought an appointment with Mr. Purkaystha to submit a deputation on the prevailing law and order situation.

“He has said he is willing to meet them on an individual basis, but not as a Left Front delegation,” Mr. Bose said.

The Commissioner of Police’s actions were one of many instances “when the Trinamool Congress government has done away with the norms of democratic politics to establish the hegemony of its party’s rule,” he added.

Mr. Bose said it was ironic that the Trinamool Congress that had come to power in 2011 on the promise of “establishing democracy” in the State, but has in fact deeply entrenched its hold on all democratic institutions and the administrative set up.

During the day, Mr. Bose led a massive march here protesting against the breakdown of law and order in the State and attack on democracy.