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Karat slams police chief removal

New Delhi, Feb. 15: Prakash Karat today described as “shocking” the removal of police commissioner R.K. Pachnanda by the Mamata Banerjee government and said it was indicative of the “terrible state of affairs” in Bengal.

“It was very unfortunate that a police officer was killed in Calcutta and it is shocking that instead of going after the culprits, the police commissioner was removed. This is the terrible state of affairs under Trinamul rule,” the CPM general secretary said in Jaipur, on the sidelines of a “Parivartan” rally organised by the party’s Rajasthan unit.

Mamata had used the paribartan slogan to upstage the 34-year-old Left rule in the state and Karat today talked about the “terrible” change Bengal was witnessing under the Trinamul Congress.

Karat’s remarks indicated that the party chief was backing former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s effort to corner the Mamata Banerjee government and re-connect with the people.

The CPM is excited by earlier-than-expected reports from Bengal indicating a slow but sure turnaround in the party’s fortunes.

At the Jaipur rally Karat talked about “alternative policies” and termed the Congress and the BJP as two sides of the same coin.

Parivartan does not mean replacing the Congress with the BJP and vice versa…. Parivartan means bringing a political power which can change policies for the welfare of all,” he said.