Just 48 hours before the third phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday blasted the CPM-led Left Front Government saying it was the “worst-governed” state in the country and held the ruling Marxists responsible for spreading violence and terror in different pockets in the state.
“Many parts of Bengal have now turned into killing fields,” Chidambaram told reporters on Monday morning at the state Congress headquarters in Bidhan Bhavan. He also held the CPM responsible for inept handling by its government of the state’s cash reserves and pushing it to a precarious position.
The Home Minister didn’t confine his criticism just to the Left Front Government, but also came down heavily on Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for not attaching much importance to his observations that law and order situation in the state was fast eroding.
“For the last two to four months I have been bringing to the notice of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his colleagues that law and order is deteriorating . However, the Chief Minister was in a state of denial and the ‘bubble’ burst when Netai (where nine people were killed) occurred,” he said.
“I squarely blame the CPM and its cadres for procuring arms and spreading violence and turning the state into a killing field,” the Union Home Minister added. Chidambaram is in West Bengal to campaign for the Congress and Trinamool Congress candidates who are facing the third phase of the six-phase elections in the state on Wednesday.
Altogether 74 Assembly constituencies in the state will go for polls and this phase is very important for both the Trinamool and the CPM. Fates of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta and CPM’s new icon and Housing Minister Goutam Deb will be decided during the third phase polls on Wednesday.
Charging the CPM for making West Bengal’s financial position precarious, the Home Minister said, “During 2010-11, West Bengal had taken overdrafts on seven occasions and in 2011-12, it has already taken one. Since 2004, revenues of all the states had increased and no state had to resort to an overdraft for the past few years. The only exception is West Bengal.” Economic Times