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Law and order: Armed police personnel march on a street in Kolkata on Tuesday as part of security measures for the upcoming municipal elections.
Law and order: Armed police personnel march on a street in Kolkata on Tuesday as part of security measures for the upcoming municipal elections.

Ananya Dutta

Her comments threaten public unity in West Bengal: Biman Bose

KOLKATA: Training guns on Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for her remarks alleging that the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Front government in West Bengal will create riots in certain areas of the city, Left Front Committee chairman Biman Bose said here on Tuesday that her comments “threatened the unity among people in the State”.

Quoting from two recent speeches made by Ms. Banerjee in the run-up to the elections for 81 civic bodies to be held on May 30, Mr. Bose said, “If she really has any information about any attempt to create riots then it is her duty as a Union Cabinet Minister to present it to the Central Government.”

Asserting that “there is no instance in history of the involvement of supporters of any Left parties in riots,” Mr. Bose said it was the Trinamool Congress that had always extended support to divisive elements in the State.

Ms. Banerjee has supported the demands of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha in Darjeeling and Adivasi Kalyan Parishad in the Dooars for splitting West Bengal and offered support to the Communist Party of India (Maoist) and continues to claim that there are no Maoists, he said.

Mr. Bose also pointed out that Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram had denied having any discussions with Ms. Banerjee on the matter of early elections to the West Bengal Assembly as claimed by her in her speeches.

He also said that the Left Front would fare well in the upcoming municipal elections because the people have experienced that the Trinamool Congress will not deliver on promises. “The bubble has burst on claims that so far they (Trinamool Congress) only have one portfolio and will deliver more if the opportunity is presented to them,” Mr. Bose said.


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