West Bengal tops in political killings: Pranab
Criticising law and order situation in West Bengal, senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee alleged that highest number of political killings occurred in the state under the Left Front government.
Katwa (WB): Criticising law and order
situation in West Bengal, senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday alleged that highest number of political
killings occurred in the state under the Left Front
"Terror prevails and there have been the highest number
of political killings and torture on women. Criminalisation
has set into state politics during the 34 years of the Left
Front regime," Mukherjee, the Union Finance Minister told an
election meeting at Katwa in Burdwan district in the presence
of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Referring to the Congress and Trinamool Congress alliance
for the Assembly polls in the state, Mukherjee said, "The
alliance was made honouring (the wishes) of Sonia Gandhi
He said that neither the Trinamool Congress nor the
Congress could dislodge the Left Front alone and so the two
parties had forged an alliance.
"We forged the alliance to remove the Left Front after
34 years of power," he said.
He said since 1977 the efforts to remove the Left Front
did not succeed. "But the results of the Lok Sabha election
which saw the Trinamool Congress and Congress alliance bagging
26 out of 42 seats proved that the Left Front could be
defeated if both parties join hands," he said.
He said that winds of change were sweeping the state from
Darjeeling and would turn into a cyclone when it crossed the
Bay of Bengal ending Left Front rule.
Alleging that the Left Front had ruined the state, he
criticised the government for failing to properly utilise
He said there was total disbursement of Rs 40,000 crore
under the scheme for 27 states, but while other states had
spent the money, West Bengal could not do so.
The state government was responsible for the state
slipping in all fields -- education, health, industry and
utilisation of central funds for various schemes for the
"There is no industry and no health care," he said.