Left stages protest with toy guns in West Bengal Assembly
Left Front legislators on Tuesday protested in the Assembly with toy guns against yesterday's incident during a procession march in which a few persons were allegedly seen brandishing pistols and flags of Trinamool Congress (TMC) were also spotted.
Kolkata: Left Front legislators on Tuesday protested in the Assembly with toy guns against yesterday's incident during a procession march in which a few persons were allegedly seen brandishing pistols and flags of Trinamool Congress (TMC) were also spotted.
The protest drew sharp reaction from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who termed it as "undemocratic and a reflection of political frustration" of the Left.
The LF legislators waving toy guns demanded a response from the government and the Chief Minister over yesterday's incident at Kandi in Murshidabad district where a controversy erupted after a few persons were seen brandishing pistols during a procession in which TMC flags were also spotted.
The LF MLAs then staged a walkout from the house.
Later, Banerjee came to the house and condemned the incident.
"What has happened today in the assembly is really unfortunate. It is good that I was not present here when it happened. What took place today reflects the political frustration of these political parties. I feel they (Left legislators) should also be arrested for showing pistols in the house. This is a black day," Banerjee told the house.
"It looks good when small kids roam with toy guns ... But it doesn't look good when elderly persons brandish toy guns," she said.
Referring to the Kandi incident, she said orders were immediately given to police to arrest those involved in it.
"Orders were given to arrest those involved in the incident yesterday itself. The police is investigating the case. But we have information that some TV channels had planted people there for such footage ... The police is probing if the guns were real or toy guns.
"The law will take its own course. During our (TMC) regime we have arrested many of our leaders like Arabul Islam and Dipak Haldar (MLA)," she said.
Hitting out at CPI(M) and Congress, she said "They are staging protests by brandishing guns ... Who threw bombs and stones at police? You will only get skeletons of 34 years," she said referring to the recovery of seven skeletons from near CPI-M leader Sushanata Ghosh's ancestral house in West Midnapore district in 2011.
"Those who publicly attacked masses should not talk much," she said adding the government would not work under the instructions of CPI-M and Congress, she said.