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Surjya ‘direct’ blame on CM

Calcutta, Feb. 22: CPM leader Surjya Kanta Mishra today held chief minister Mamata Banerjee “directly responsible’’ for the murder of former MLA Pradip Tah, saying she and her government were working “hand in glove” with Trinamul to unleash terror and anarchy on the Opposition.

“Today’s incident raises questions about the chief minister’s role… whether she is being fair to the Opposition or not. There have been attacks on our comrades since the Assembly elections last year. I have written more than 50 letters to her complaining about Trinamul anarchy. But she didn’t respond to a single one. This shows how she is allowing Trinamul activists to attack us,’’ the leader of the Opposition in the House said at a media conference outside the Assembly gate this afternoon.

“I hold her directly responsible for today’s murder of two of our leaders. She and her government are working hand in glove with her party to kill our men. I demand justice from this government and a reaction from the chief minister,’’ he added.

According to Mishra, Mamata was not allowing police to act neutrally. He alleged that “the same had happened” after the rape of a woman in Park Street earlier this month.

“Trinamul goons attacked our peaceful procession in Burdwan and killed our leaders. The police should have taken adequate security measures. But we have been told that it wasn’t done. Look at the Park Street incident. The chief minister made certain remarks that were enough to influence investigations. So, the involvement of the chief minister, who is also the home minister, is clear. She is not allowing the police to act neutrally,’’ Mishra alleged.

He claimed 58 CPM leaders and supporters had been killed since the Assembly elections, adding that Mamata was responsible for the “political chaos” in the state. “She (Mamata) is the trigger… she is the head of the government and the chief of Trinamul. Such incidents are happening at her behest. Her activities have led to a political chaos in the state.’’

Mishra said the “successful Brigade meeting” had made Mamata “jittery”.

Several CPM leaders, including Mishra, Nirupam Sen, Madan Ghosh, Rabin Deb and Manab Mukherjee, visited the CPM district committee office in Burdwan town and placed wreaths on the bodies of the slain duo.