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Mamata demands President`s rule in West Bengal

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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