`Illegal constructions in Park Street could be during TC rule`
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 25, 2010, 16:21
New Delhi: Taking a dig at Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee over her comments on the Park Street blaze, a senior CPI(M) leader from West Bengal Thursday indicated the possibility of illegal constructions at the accident site being approved when the opposition was in power in the Kolkata municipal body.

"If they (opposition Trinamool) point towards corruption and irregularities, then it may come out (after investigations) that they were themselves involved," Bose, who is here to attend the CPI(M) Politburo meeting, said.

He was asked about statements by Banerjee and her party leaders blaming the Left Front for regularising illegal structures at Stephens Court which caught fire claiming at least 24 lives.

Trinamool Congress had led the Kolkata Muncipal Corporation for several years but were routed out in the June 2005 polls by the Left Front.

To a spate of questions on the incident, Bose took a dig at Banerjee saying "whatever fire-fighting took place there was done under her direction. You ask her".

"I don't want to pass any comment because Mamata Banerjee had gone there and directed everything. It is published in the Bengali press," Bose said.

He said investigations were already on as to how the fire started and spread. "All steps to ensure that such incidents do not recur, needs to be taken urgently".

The CPI(M) leader also praised the fire service workers, saying they garnered their entire strength and worked through the night to ensure that more lives were not lost.

A massive fire swept through the 150-year-old multi-storeyed heritage building housing offices and residences in Kolkata's busy Park Street leaving at least 24 dead and 20 injured.


First Published: Thursday, March 25, 2010, 16:21

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