WB: Congress stand that CPI(M) hoarded arms vindicated
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 21:32
Kolkata: WBPCC president Manas Bhuina on Tuesday said that the seizure of illegal firearms from various parts of West Bengal vindicated his party's stand that CPI(M) had hoarded such arms for use against political opponents.

"We had said that so much illegal arms have been stored that it can take on the entire police force in the state. We have been saying that the CPI(M) was training 'harmads' (armed cadre) in the use of the weapons, but the administration and the police denied it. Now, the recovery of arms is proof that what we claimed was true," WBPCC president Manas Bhunia told reporters here.

Pointing out that on behalf of the Congress, he had written to then chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and the Governor requesting them to have the illegal arms seized, Bhunia said at that time, neither the government nor the police had paid heed.

Although the then Governor himself had pursued the matter, the government took no initiative in recovering the arms, he said.

The PCC chief echoed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's call to the people to contact the police if they had information about illegal arms.

He said Banerjee was 'right' in her statement that there was no political violence in the state. "If the CPI(M) had won, there would have been a bloodbath."

Bhunia, who earlier held a meeting with his party's District Committee presidents, said he would present their suggestions on organisational matters to Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee and AICC observer for West Bengal Shakeel Ahmed in Delhi where he was going tomorrow to attend a meeting on Ganga development.

Congress has tentatively fixed June 29 for a thanks giving rally here, he said, adding that both Mukherjee and Ahmed would be invited.

The names of five Congress ministers to be inducted in the new state government has not yet been fixed, he said, adding that the High Command would take a decision on it.


First Published: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 21:32

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