Kolkata: With a railway inquiry blaming
the Jnaneswari Express disaster to sabotage, Trinamool
Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused CPI(M) of being
responsible for it and charged the Marxist party was behind
frequent glitches in metro rail here to discredit her.
"CPI(M) is answerable to the people for loss of 148
lives in the Jnaneswari train disaster (in June this year). I
have no word to condemn the heinous act of CPI(M)," Banerjee
"CPI(M) is also disrupting metro rail services
frequently to close it down so that I am discredited before
the coming assembly elections in West Bengal," Banerjee, the
Railway minister, alleged at a rally here.
"CPI(M)`s supporters in the metro rail were involved
in such acts of sabotage," Banerjee alleged and said she would
not tolerate stalling of public utility services.
She also charged CPI(M) was trying to divert the
people`s attention from "murder and violence in targetting
Banerjee said that after taking over the Railway
ministry, budget allocations had been raised for metro rail in
Kolkata which was used by 15 lakh passengers.
It was she, Banerjee said, who took the initiative for
completion of Tollygunge-Garia section of metro rail which was
lying pending for 10 years. "It will take two months to
complete the newly extended stretch."
She said metro rail was a boon to lakhs of passengers
when surface transport in the city had `nearly collapsed` and
CPI(M) was `jealous` at the flurry of railway projects in
different stages of implementation involving crores of rupees
in the state.
Banerjee expressed frustration that her demand for
withdrawal of the joint forces in `junglemahal` was falling on
Banerjee said that time and again she had told the
Centre that CPI(M) cadre in police and security forces
uniforms "were killing and terrorising innocent people with
the direct help of the joint forces."
She said she had demanded winding up of CPI(M) armed
camps and seizure of arms "at least 10 times to the prime
minister, 20 times to the Union Home Minister, 30 times to the
Union Finance Minister and even moved the Governor. I want the
Centre concede our demands unilaterally.
"But it is of no avail and so I have come to the
people to advise me on what to do in this situation," she
said at the rally to demand withdrawal of the joint forces.
Pointing to the prohibitory orders remaining clamped
for over a year in West Midnapore district, a part of
`junglemahal`, she said no political party was allowed to
"There is no democracy at Lalgarh and adjacent areas
in junglemahal. Had the Centre known this, it might have
definitely taken action."
Banerjee also claimed CPI(M) was receiving Maoist
support to win elections. "I have information that CPI(M)
party offices in the area are stacked with Maoist posters
being found beside bodies in junglemahal."
The violence in junglemahal, she claimed, was also the
result of intra-party conflict in CPI(M).
Her party would organise a grand procession in Kolkata
on November 14 to highlight its demands, she said.