The Communist Party of India (Marxist) has termed absurd Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram's statement that West Bengal is among the “worst governed States.”

“This is a ludicrous statement coming from a person who belongs to a government which is presiding over the most corrupt regime in independent India. Mercifully, West Bengal has been saved from the style of governance that Mr. Chidambaram's party has been practising at the Centre,” the Polit Bureau said in a statement on Tuesday, reacting to the Minister's charge made at his campaign in the State.

It said the absurdity of the statement could be gauged from the fact that on the day when Mr. Chidambaram made the statement, West Bengal received an award under a panchayati raj programme from the Centre.

It was shocking that the Minister went to West Bengal and did not utter a word of condemnation of Maoist violence that killed 265 workers and supporters of the CPI(M) and the Left Front since the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Instead, the party said, he made the “patently false charge” that the CPI (M) was responsible for the killings, by presenting wrong figures. By covering up the Maoist violence and the Maoist-Trinamool Congress collaboration, Mr. Chidambaram “has betrayed the elementary duty” entrusted to him as the country's Home Minister, it said.