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“Bengal Govt. has turned fascist”

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West Bengal Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya (middle) leading a party rally against the Trinamool Government in Kolkata on Thursday.Photo: Sushanta Patronobish.
West Bengal Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya (middle) leading a party rally against the Trinamool Government in Kolkata on Thursday.Photo: Sushanta Patronobish.

Accusing the Trinamool Congress government of preventing the Congress from organising rallies and demonstration at venues of its choice, the party’s president in the State said here on Thursday that the State Government has turned “fascist” and was not allowing political parties other than the Trinamool Congress to pursue their activities in the State.

“The State Government has turned fascist and is not ready to tolerate any political party except the Trinamool Congress,” said State Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya.

Addressing a rally of Congress supporters, he alleged that attempts were being made by the State Government not to allow the Congress to hold demonstrations and public meetings against the Government. “Rallies and demonstrations can only be allowed if we praise Mamata Banerjee. If the Congress wants to say anything else then its voice is suppressed.”

The Congress had organised a rally in the city to protest against the State Government policies resulting in the flight of capital from West Bengal. The programme was organised in the wake of Haldia Bulk Terminals Pvt Ltd (HBT) announcing their decision to exit from Haldia Dock Complex (HDC) citing law and order problems.

The cargo handling company had also removed about 620 of its employees involved in operations at HDC, a section of which participated in the Congress rally during the day.

“We will not allow the State Government to replace HBT with any other company,” Mr Bhattacharya said.

Pointing out that 70,000 people have lost jobs in the State since the Trinamool Congress came to power, he said that the Congress will make all efforts to protect industry in the State.

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