Kolkata: Home Minister P Chidambaram`s
comments about West Bengal`s `deteriorating` law and order and
`precarious` finances has drawn a sharp response from the Left
parties with Front chairman Biman Bose describing the comments
as mere `election-oriented utterances` and asking him to
answer for the `worsening` law and order situation in Delhi.
"These were only election-oriented utterances by
Chidambaram which were meant to boost the image of the
Congress and the Trinamool Congress alliance," Bose, who is
also a CPI-M politburo member, told a press conference along
with leaders of other Left Front constituents.
Bose said in any case the Congress-Trinamool alliance was
going to be defeated in the election.
CPI MP Gurudas Dasgupta said that Chidrambaram should
look in the mirror and judge his own performance as the Home
Minister of the country.
"The man who has failed to bring about peace in Kashmir,
the man who failed to bring tranquillity in Manipur, the man
who failed to miserably curb Maoist violence everywhere in
the country, the man who has made the capital of India as
paradise of criminality having the highest record of rape and
abductions has no right to speak about the performance of West
Bengal or any other country."
Dasgupta, leader of the CPI parliamentary party in Lok
Sabha, said, "It is needless to add that because of his
non-performance, he has been shifted from the finance ministry
to the Home Ministry."
Bose also decried Chidambaram for describing the state`s
finances as `precarious`.
"Is West Bengal the only state which is facing a debt
burden? There are eight states which are facing a similar
situation and why was West Bengal singled out? It is
surprising that Chidambaram has not mentioned Maharahstra
where his party is ruling and which has a high debt burden."
Chidambaram today told a press conference, "For the last
two to four months I have been bringing to the notice of Chief
Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his colleagues that law
and order is deteriorating."
Chidambaram said that since 2004 revenues of all states
had increased and no state had to resort to overdraft for the
last four to five years, the only exception being West Bengal.