Bloodshed is not the way, Mamata tells opposition in West Bengal

Kolkata,1 July 2014(IANS):  Condemning the killing of four Trinamool Congress activists in West Bengal’s South 24-Parganas, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday attacked the Left Front for resorting to violence with the help of hired hooligans from outside and asserted her government doesn’t endorse politics of bloodshed.

Bloodshed is not the way, Mamata tells opposition in West Bengal

CPI(M) leaders at the 18th party congress

CPI(M) leaders at the 18th party congress (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Speaking at a gathering in Raidighi after visiting the families of the victims, Banerjee, also the the Trinamool Congress supremo, warned the Left against fomenting trouble.

We condemn the incident strongly. We do not believe in politics of bloodshed and violence. These areas have been terrorised. The opposition must remember their party is not in power anymore. We will not allow violence like Singur and Nandigram, she said.

Jealous of the good work we are doing, some people are hiring goons to kill Trinamool workers. You have forcibly driven out people from Nandigram and Singur…and other places. You can’t do this anymore because there is a change in government. Murdering is not the way to clear a path, said Banerjee, claiming the murders were planned by the CPI-M.

The incident happened in Khari village in Raidighi in June when some assailants hurled bombs and opened fire at the Trinamool activists, killing four of them and injuring three others when they had gathered together for a meeting.

Four people have been arrested and an FIR registered against former state minister and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Kanti Ganguly in connection with the killings.

Allaying fears of the residents of the district, Banerjee asserted the police will take stern action against the culprits.

Don’t worry…do not fear. If you think you can commit a crime and run away from Bengal, you are wrong. We will nab you from any part of the world, she said.

‘Pained’ Mamata refuses to comment on MP’s rape remarks on “Actor-turned-politician Paul, who represents Krishnanagar in Nadia district, has been caught in a video warning Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) men to beware of him as he won’t spare you and destroy your entire clan and unleash my boys to rape your women.”

While Trinamool Congress leaders claim she has been pained, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday refused to comment on party MP Tapas Paul’s rape remarks that have triggered a massive outrage.

That’s a different issue. You ask Mukul Roy. He has already made a statement, Banerjee, also the party supremo, told journalists in response to queries about Paul’s remarks during her visit to Raidighi in South 24-Parganas district.

Earlier, Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee and national general secretary Mukul Roy claimed that Banerjee was pained by Paul’s comments and will decide on the matter Wednesday.

Trinamool chairperson (Banerjee) is pained after hearing Paul’s comments. A decision regarding the matter will be taken tomorrow (Wednesday), Roy said.

We do not endorse his remarks in any manner… rather we condemn it. Our chairperson is extremely pained by the remarks. We have already sought an explanation from him, Chatterjee told media persons in the state assembly.

Actor-turned-politician Paul, who represents Krishnanagar in Nadia district, has been caught in a video warning Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) men to beware of him as he won’t spare you and destroy your entire clan and unleash my boys to rape your women.

If a CPI-M man dares to touch anybody, I will take out my gun and shoot him. I always carry a gun… I will destroy his entire clan, I warn my opponents… I will make their family pay dearly. I will ask my boys to go there. They will rape them and leave, Paul is seen saying in the video that has now gone viral.