West Bengal CPM accuses Mamata Banerjee of not seriously combating communalism

West Bengal CPM secretary Surya Kanta Mishra Friday accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of not being serious in fighting communalism in the state

PTI July 21, 2017 21:01:54 IST
West Bengal CPM accuses Mamata Banerjee of not seriously combating communalism

Kolkata: West Bengal CPM secretary Surya Kanta Mishra Friday accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of not being serious in fighting communalism in the state.

West Bengal CPM accuses Mamata Banerjee of not seriously combating communalism

File image of West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. AFP

"What she said today, we have been saying this for last several years. But the difference is she is not at all serious about fighting communalism. Earlier also we have seen her compromising with communal forces. We have been fighting against BJP for last several years," Mishra said.

Mishra also refuted allegations by Banerjee that Left legislators have cross voted in favour of BJP's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.

"She also knows that it was her party MLAs who had voted in favour of BJP. She is trying to put the blame on others," Mishra said.

The ruling Trinamool Congress and the Opposition Congress and CPM Thursday engaged in a blame game over cross voting that took place in West Bengal during the presidential poll, with the opposition accusing the TMC of covertly helping the BJP.

President-elect Ram Nath Kovind, who was supposed to get votes of six MLAs of the West Bengal Assembly — three of GJM and three of BJP — got votes of 11 MLAs which has kicked off a debate among political parties here.

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