West Bengal communal violence: CPM accuses Mamata govt of failing to protect people in Baduria

Kolkata: The CPI(M) on Wednesday accused the TMC government in West Bengal of failing to give protection to the people at Baduria, where communal clashes broke out earlier this week and demanded that an all-party meeting is convened to deal with the situation.

"Where was the administration? The state government has failed to give protection to the people and save property (in Baduria). Strong action was needed there," CPI(M) leader and MP Mohammed Salim told reporters.

File image of West Bengal's chief minister Mamta Banerjee. PTI

File image of West Bengal's chief minister Mamta Banerjee. PTI

On the spat between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Salim said, "Was it a personal matter? The people were not interested in the CM-governor spat when the state was burning".

Salim accused Banerjee of "helping communal politics" and demanded that an all-party meeting be convened by the state government to deal with the situation.

The Left party's workers would be on the streets to combat the communal forces, he added.

Communal clashes broke out in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district on Monday night following an "objectionable" Facebook post, prompting the government to rush in 400 BSF troopers to assist the local administration in controlling the situation.

Though there was no official confirmation about any casualties during the clashes, the incident triggered an unprecedented spat between Banerjee and Tripathi, whom she accused of acting like "a BJP block president" and "threatening" her.

According to police, the situation in and around Baduria was on Wednesday "tense but under control".

Updated Date: Jul 05, 2017 18:03 PM

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