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Buddha communal politics finger at govt

Calcutta, Nov. 28: Former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today accused the Mamata Banerjee government of indulging in “subtle communal politics’’ by “appeasing” the minorities with sops, adding that the move was contributing to the BJP’s rise in the state.

“This is a dangerous government. It’s indulging in subtle communal politics by appeasing Muslims with certain sops. I believe the minorities will see through the government’s game. But the administration’s move is leading to the rise of the BJP,” the CPM politburo member said at a rally in Baranagar.

“Where was the BJP in Bengal when we were in power? But we are noticing a gradual spread of the BJP in many parts of Bengal now because of this appeasement,” Bhattacharjee added.

He said the erstwhile Left government had laid “emphasis” on the spread of madarsa education and jobs for the minorities.

“We knew about the problems of the Muslims — education and employment opportunities. So we had concentrated on the spread of madarsa education. We had also reserved 10 per cent government jobs for them. Our government had the right focus… not like this government, which is trying to do something on communal lines,” Bhattacharjee said.

He said a section of people had started wondering if the change of guard had yielded results.

“People voted against us and we lost. But after looking at what this government is doing — its activities, the state of agriculture, industry and law and order — many of them are wondering whether the change was for the better or not,” Bhattacharjee said.

CPM leader Gautam Deb ridiculed Mamata on the allegations of extortion by Trinamul leaders made by aggrieved minister Rabindranath Bhattacharya. “Rabindranath-babu has rightly raised the extortion issue.”