Congress seeks Article 355 in Bengal

Buoyed by the Home Minister`s letter on the deteriorating law and order situation in West Bengal, Congress on Tuesday said that the situation warranted promulgation of Article 355 in the state.

Kolkata: Buoyed by the Home Minister`s
letter on the deteriorating law and order situation in West
Bengal, Congress on Tuesday said that the situation warranted
promulgation of Article 355 in the state.

"Chidambaram has made right observations regarding the
law and order situation in Bengal. It calls for invocation of
Article 355 in the state," WBPCC chief Manas Bhuina told a
press conference.
The Constitution, democracy and the fundamental rights
of the people were at stake in the state, he said.

Stating that a volatile situation was prevailing in
the state, he said, "317 people have been killed from March 3
to October 31 this year. Let (Chief Minister) Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee said whether harmads (armed CPI-M goons) exist
in Junglemahal or not."

Accusing the Chief Minister of being a "stakeholder"
in the increasing cycle of violence, Bhuina said, "even though
law and order is a state subject, the Centre cannot remain
silent to the procession of death. Chidambaram has a right to
ask the state government to fulfil its `rajdharma`".

To a question, Bhuina said his party`s alliance with
the Trinamool Congress was intact and would remain so.

Asked to comment on the reported charge by Trinamool
that its prospects in the 2001 Assembly polls were jeopardised
by the Congress, Bhuina said, "it is no use in finding fault
with the Congress."
Pointing out that Congress had contested 57 of the 294
Assembly seats in 2001 leaving the remaining seats to the
Trinamool, he said that 14 sitting Congress MLAs had not been
given nomination to accommodate the Trinamool.

"But this time, we will ensure that all the sitting
MLAs of our party are given tickets," he said.

PTI

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