Describing the attitude of the Trinamool Congress government towards political violence in the State as “worrisome”, Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, Surya Kanta Mishra, said here on Monday that despite the Governor M. K. Narayanan’s concerns, those responsible for last week’s trouble in the Bhangar area of South 24 Parganas district have not been apprehended.

“What worries us is that even after the Governor expressing his concern, the State Government is trying to bypass the issue. The culprits have not been booked…the State Government seems unmoved,” he said.

Referring to the comments made by the State Minister for Panchayat & Rural Development Subrata Mukherjee that were directed at the Governor and led to an exchange of words between the two, though not face-to-face, Dr. Mishra said now the Minister says that he was told to make the remarks. “If the Chief Minister has the courage, she should come out and say whether the Minister was asked to make the comments or he did so on his own,” he said.

On the remarks of Arabul Islam, a local Trinamool Congress leader, who had allegedly led the attack against the MLA of Communist Party of India (Marxist) Abdur Razzak Molla in Bhangar, that the government and his party stand by his side, Dr. Mishra asked if the State Government, which is on a search for entrepreneurs, looking for “enterprising people” like Mr. Islam.

 He also wondered whether the State Government by organising a youth festival on the occasion of the 150{+t}{+h}birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda was “trying to send a message to the youth of the State to emulate such persons (like Mr Islam).”

During the recent World Youth Festival organised by the State Government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while making a pledge to follow the teachings of Swami Vivekananda had used the phrase “ma, mati and manush” (mother, land and people — the slogan of Trinamool Congress). This, Dr. Mishra said, was objectionable. He also criticised the State Government’s reference to Swami Vivekananda as “Vivek” by naming the youth festival as “Vivek Mela”: “It is an insult to tradition and to history,” Dr. Mishra said.