The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Tuesday accused the Trinamool Congress and its leader Mamata Banerjee of having submitted a “fabricated list” of its cadre killed in West Bengal, stating that it includes some who are alive, and a child.
“We challenge [Ms. Banerjee]…we have identified nine people, who were on the list and others are being investigated,” CPI(M) Parliamentary Party leader Sitaram Yechury said at a press conference.
The list includes one Yasin Ali Paik of Mayureswar, Birbhum, a two-and-half year-old child, who died of chronic illness. “How can be a child be a ‘TMC worker’”? Some others were identified as Maoists, he said.
The CPI(M) was awaiting an answer from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to its poser as to how he could have Ministers in his Cabinet “who patronise and support Maoists.”
Mr. Yechury was referring to the list of 83 persons that a Trinamool delegation submitted to the Prime Minister last week, stating that these people were “murdered” by the CPI(M).
Referring to reports that Union Minister Sultan Ahmed was asked by Ms. Banerjee to pay the hotel bills on his own, Mr. Yechury wondered how could a person whose total assets, as declared in his election affidavit, stood at Rs.24 lakh, foot a Rs.37-lakh bill?