The Trinamool Congress government’s attitude towards one community is disrupting communal harmony in West Bengal and setting it on a “destructive course”, said Leader of the Opposition Dr. Surya Kanta Mishra here on Monday.
“The State Government has taken such a stance in relation to one community that it is creating friction. The Administration is creating a communal divide in the manner in which it is dealing with one community,” said Dr. Mishra, who is also a Politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), talking to journalists.
Citing the example of police firing at Tehatta in Nadia district, Dr. Mishra said the State Government was concerned far more about the angle from which the firings were caught on camera than the situation that precipitated police action. “Initially they [the Government] said that there was no firing. But then the matter was caught on camera. So the investigation now is focused on which angle the camera caught the firing on instead of the reasons why the firing occurred at all,” he said.
Dr. Mishra said the Trinamool Congress had singled out one community for its electoral gains and the treatment meted out to them was causing a backlash from others, thus affecting the communal harmony in the State.
The sops given out to minorities by the Trinamool Congress government — particularly the announcement of an honorarium for Imams and separate housing facilities and hospitals for Muslims — has come under severe criticism.
Dr. Mishra also lamented the breakdown of the law and order situation in the State, adding that supporters of the Left Front were under attack across the State.
On bus fare hike
Dr. Mishra also commented on the confusion created by the hike in bus fares announced by the State Government. The initial stand of this government was that it would not allow an increase in the fares for any services, whether it was electricity tariffs, fuel prices or bus fares. But what happened on ground — a massive hike in the prices of all — was just the reverse, he said.