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.