New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Thursday accused Trinamool
Congress chief Mamata Banerjee of "deliberately stoking panic"
amongst Muslims in West Bengal by claiming she had "secret
information" that the Left Front may foment communal trouble
after the upcoming Kolkata civic polls.
Senior CPI(M) leaders Sitaram Yechury and Basudeb Acharia
met Home Minister P Chidambaram here and submitted a
memorandum asking the Government to take note of her
statements and set at rest the apprehensions caused by them.
The memorandum included photographs of Trinamool Congress
graffiti in certain areas of Kolkata, newspaper clippings on
Banerjee`s speeches and a letter in this regard by Left Front
Chairman Biman Basu.
"The Railway Minister is making very provocative speeches
and hurling charges saying she has secret information that the
Left Front and a section of police in West Bengal are going to
unleash communal riots soon after the ensuing (Kolkata) civic
polls," Yechury told reporters after meeting Chidambaram at
the Home Ministry headquarters.
"This is a very dangerous charge. In the last 33 years,
there is only one place in the country where there is absolute
communal harmony and no disturbance, and that is Bengal. This
is a matter of pride for the state, for India and for secular
democracy," the CPI(M) leader said.
He alleged that all these "provocative" speeches were made
in minority-dominated areas of Kolkata and the graffiti
appeared on the walls there.
"We were assured by the Home Minister that no communal
violence will be allowed. Whatever force is required from the
state government, that will be provided," he said in reply to
Yechury said he and Acharia drew the attention of the
Centre towards the matter to "ensure that there is no communal
disturbance in Bengal that is engineered to serve political
In the memorandum, the two senior leaders accused Banerjee
of "deliberately stoking panic and terror amongst the Muslim
minority population" by her claims.
"Casting of such wild and unsubstantiated allegations,
especially by a Union cabinet minister, violates the
provisions of the Representation of People Act, 1951," it
They said if Banerjee genuinely possessed such "secret
information", then Home Ministry should "obtain it and act on
it in consultation with the state government".
"If, on the contrary, there is no such information, as
surely is the case, then may we request you to set at rest the
apprehensions and tensions that have resulted from the Union
Minister`s utterances," Yechury and Acharia posed.