CPM seeks all-party meet, BJP for President's rule

Kolkata
5 Jul 2017

The CPM today accused the TMC government in West Bengal of failing to give protection to the people at Baduria, where communal clashes broke out earlier this week, and demanded that an all-party meeting be convened to deal with the situation.

"Where was the administration? The state government has failed to give protection to the people and save property (in Baduria). Strong action was needed there," CPM leader and MP Mohammed Salim told newspersons here. On the spat between chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Salim said: "Was it a personal matter? The people were not interested in the CM-governor spat when the state was burning". Salim accused the chief minister of "helping communal politics" and demanded that an all-party meeting be convened by the state government to deal with the situation. The Left party's workers would be on the streets to combat the communal forces, he added.

The CPM today also said that the situation prevailing in West Bengal does not call for imposition of President's rule, but demanded immediate restoration of peace in the troubled areas of North 24-Parganas district. West Bengal Left Front chairman Biman Bose said that by demanding President' rule in Bengal, the BJP and the RSS were only laying bare their game plan. "Steps should be taken to immediately restore peace in areas of North 24-Parganas district. But we don't agree with what BJP has demanded regarding imposition of President's rule in Bengal. The situation doesn't call for President's rule. Such demands only show the game plan of BJP and RSS," Bose told reporters.

The BJP today demanded that the Centre immediately impose President's rule in West Bengal and send central observers to assess "worsening law and order" in the state. The BJP's demand came in the aftermath of communal clashes in North 24-Parganas district on Monday following an 'objectionable' Facebook post, prompting the government to dispatch 400 BSF troopers to assist the local administration in controlling the situation. "We demand that the Centre immediately intervene and impose President's rule in the state. The Centre should send a team of central observers to assess the worsening law and order situation in the state," President of BJP's Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh told newspersons. Ghosh also said that he would write to the Union home ministry and to the Prime Minister's Office regarding its demand to bring Bengal under President's rule.