Mamata Banerjee attacks Centre, says conspiracy to dismiss her govt
Kolkata: Targeting the Centre, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday again alleged it was trying to interfere in the affairs of the state through its agencies and reiterated that there was a conspiracy to dismiss her government which was running well.
The chief minister, during the one-day special session to pass the budget, however, did not clarify which forces were conspiring for the dismissal of her government.
Banerjee who was critical of the erstwhile CPI(M)-led Left Front and the present UPA government alleged that efforts were were being made to foment trouble in the Darjeeling hills and former Maoist stronghold of junglemahal where peace was prevailing since her government came to power.
Referring to the just-concluded five-phase panchayat elections in the state, she said that Murshidabad and Malda districts had witnessed the maximum poll violence and asked why a central minister resorted to goondaism.
A general diary had been lodged, she said.
She said that those during whose time the state had witnessed terror were now raising a hue and cry about it when there was no bogus voting and democracy had returned in the state.
Banerjee also lashed out at some CPI(M) leaders who she alleged had sought to incite violence through provocative speeches prior to the third phase of the violence-marred panchayat polls held on July 19.
Speaker Biman Banerjee told her that she could not name the leaders since they were not members of the House and the remarks were expunged.
Banerjee then said that the Speaker should expunge the remarks made by her on controversial TMC Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal.
Stating that she did not spare her own partymen, Banerjee said that hue and cry was being made by a few opposition political parties and a section of the media on the recent remarks by Mondal on which he had given clarifications in a letter that he did not mean to say them.
The Speaker said he would look into the request by the chief minister for expunging her remarks on Mondal.
Mondal during a panchayat election rally had urged the party workers to set fire to the houses of Independents if they felt threatened and also to hurl bombs coming to the aid of independent nominees.
Banerjee said that compared to the previous two rural polls in the state in 2003 and 2008 which claimed 40 and 35 lives respectively, nine people were killed this time.
She said that there were 159 poll-related violence in 2008 which was 98 this time.
She said that there would be a executive inquiry into cases of police firing during the polls.
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