Left workers court arrest against the policies of State Government, Centre
Claiming that the rule of law under the Trinamool Congress-led West Bengal Government “is itself unlawful”, the Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra and the State leadership of the Left Front courted arrest here on Monday in protest against the policies of the governments in the State and the Centre.
Addressing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mr. Mishra said: “We have gathered here to violate the law because you are breaking the law. Your government is violating the law.”
“This programme to violate the law is an expression of our protest, in light of recent developments. In the coming days, we shall have to organise ourselves over and over again,” Biman Bose, chairman of the State Left Front Committee said before leading hundreds in courting arrest.
Mr. Bose said that the Left Front extends support to the nationwide bandh called by retail traders on December 1 to protest against the Centre's decision to allow 51 percent Foreign Direct Investment in the retail sector.
The demonstration was called in protest against the rise in prices of petroleum products, fertilizers and essential commodities, high-level corruption and the unchecked violence across the State among other demands.
Mr. Bose said that the Trinamool Congress was a party to the Cabinet decisions on the increase in fuel prices whether as a member of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) or the present United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and “the Trinamool Congress cannot evade responsibility now.”
Citing various examples of the “unlawful actions” of the State Government ranging from the death of 48 supporters of the Left Front since the results of the Assembly elections were announced in May, farmers not getting the minimum price fixed for their produce and the failure of the government in implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Mr. Mishra said that the Left Front has “been forced to break the law today.”
Referring to the recent incident when Ms. Banerjee visited a police station in Kolkata reportedly to secure the release of two supporters of her party, Mr. Mishra said, “the Chief Minister is the greatest violator of the law.”
“At a time when a by-election has been announced, she went to the police station and forced the police officials to release those who had been detained,” he said.