The Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly, Surya Kanta Mishra, met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the State Secretariat here on Friday and expressed concern “over the amount and dimension of the violence” which had been inflicted upon the supporters of the Left Front since the results of the Assembly elections were announced three weeks ago.
An 11-member delegation of the Left Front Legislature Party met Ms. Banerjee and apprised her of the incidents occurring across the State, including the killing of 12 supporters and party workers and grievous injuries caused to 425 activists. Two MLAs of the Left Front and several former MLAs have also faced attacks.
“We are apprehensive of further incidents of violence,” said Mr. Mishra, who is also a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said after the meeting.
Industries Minister Partha Chatterjee, who was present at the meeting, told journalists that the Chief Minister had extended political courtesy by talking to the Leader of the Opposition and his colleagues. They had submitted a memorandum which was not borne out by facts, he said.
Saying these were stray incidents, the Chief Minister said she wanted specifics, he said. She reportedly said that there should be no differentiation between “us and them” as Trinamool supporters too were being killed, and pointed that any death was unfortunate.Mr. Chatterjee said Ms. Banerjee had told the Left leaders that restoring peace was the prime aim of the government.
Asked if they were satisfied with the discussions, Mr. Mishra said: “There is no question of being satisfied or dissatisfied. We have given our grievances and we will wait for the government to act.”
Apart from the supporters killed or injured in the attacks, more than 7,000 others had been evicted from their homes, Mr. Mishra said. More than 400 party offices had been attacked and five of them set afire. Trinamool supporters forcibly entered more than 500 offices of trade unions affiliated to the Left, and replaced the Red flag with that of the Trinamool Congress, he said. Hindu