The Opposition Left Democratic Front is destroying democracy and the recent incidents in the State Assembly, in which a woman Watch and Ward staff was assaulted by two Communist Party of India (Marxist) legislators, were a testimony to this, P.C. George, Government Chief Whip, has said.

Mr. George was addressing a ‘Meet the Press' programme at Pathanamthittta Press Club on Sunday afternoon.

The United Democratic Front would counter this ‘anti-democratic' act of the Opposition, he said.

Mr. George added that he suspected a CPI(M) ‘conspiracy' behind the incidents in the Assembly.

‘Shameful conduct'

The conduct of CPI(M) MLAs, T.V. Rajesh and James Mathew, in the Assembly was shameful, he said.

Mr. Rajesh had proved himself to be a good actor “by breaking down before the media within seconds,” he added.

Legislature was regarded as the sanctum of democracy. It was unfortunate that the Opposition's mode of protest in the Assembly was reminiscent of yet another violent protest march by the Students Federation of India.

Mr. George alleged that democracy had no place in the CPI(M).