Says she went there after 10 days but did not stay there for even five minutes

 For the first time in the two years since her party came to power, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was “scared” to enter a village and did so “secretly, like a thief,” Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Surjya Kanta Mishra said on Tuesday.

 He was referring to Ms. Banerjee’s visit to Kamduni village at Barasat in North 24 Parganas district on Monday to meet the family of the college girl gang-raped and killed on June 7 — a programme kept under wraps till the last minute.

During her visit, Ms. Banerjee faced angry protests by the villagers and lost her cool accusing them of engaging in the “politics of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).”

 “The CPI(M) has not much of a presence in the area and only one gram panchayat member belongs to the party,” Dr. Mishra said, addressing a meeting of CPI(M) workers at Raghunathpur in Purulia district.

 “Those who are carrying out the attacks against our candidates in the rural polls are responsible for the crime,” Dr. Mishra said, refuting Ms. Banerjee’s allegations that those accused of the crime had “association with the CPI(M)”.

 “The protests against the Chief Minister have proved that those who are with the Trinamool Congress can also stand up against any injustice,” Dr. Mishra said.

 “She [Ms. Banerjee] went there after 10 days but did not stay there for even five minutes,” said Dr. Mishra, who is also a Polit Bureau member of the CPI(M).

The Chief Minister did not even talk long enough to the father of the victim even though the demand of the family and the villagers was for a hearing of their grievances, he added.

 Stating that he could reach the village late in the evening on the day when the incident occurred, he said that he was unable to understand why she had to ride pillion on a bike to reach the house of the victim.

 A day after Ms. Banerjee’s visit, discontented villagers asked why the Chief Minister left without listening to what they might have said of the situation.

 Students from a local school took out a procession in the village demanding the death penalty for those responsible for the crime against the college student.

  • “Those carrying out attacks against our rural poll candidates are responsible for the crime”

  • “She went there after 10 days but did not stay for even five minutes”