Mamata demands President`s rule in West Bengal
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 21:54
New Delhi: Taking the battle against the Left Front government in West Bengal to the Centre, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Home Minister P Chidamabaram and demanded imposition of President's rule to save democracy in the state.

"The Centre should dismiss the state government and impose President's rule as it is necessary to save democracy there," she told reporters after meeting Chidambaram.

The Trinamool Congress chief said the Centre should utilise the provisions under Article 355 (to protect a state against external aggression and internal disturbance) followed by Article 356 (to dismiss a state government and impose President's rule) so as to restore the rule of the law in West Bengal.

She alleged that CPI(M) cadres were "killing" democracy with the help of the state machinery.

Banerjee also demanded that the Centre should use army to recover arms allegedly taken away by "CPI(M) goons" from the state armoury.

During her meeting with Chidambaram, the West Bengal leader was accompanied by the family members of abducted West Bengal constables Shabir Mullah and Kanha Godai, allegedly abducted by Maoists in July.

"Though it is three months now that these constables have been kidnapped, the West Bengal police is making no attempt to trace them. That is why I had to meet the Home Minister to plead their cases," she said.

Banerjee said Chidambaram assured her all help to trace the constables.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 21:54

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