Kolkata, Oct 31:Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today thanked the people of West Bengal for observing the 12-hour Bengal bandh protesting the 'state sponsored terrorism' in Nandigram and said Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee should be 'sacked' for precipitating a crisis in the state.
Addressing the mediapersons at the end of the 12-hour bandh, Ms Banerjee said, ''I express my gratitude towards the people for spontaneously supporting the bandh and showing their solidarity against the state sponsored terrorism in Nandigram and Khejuri.'' ''Even after 10 months of the Nandigram protest, CPI(M) goons with active support of the police and administration are continuing a reign of terror in the region. The Chief Minister has admitted that he can't control the anarchy that reigns in Nandigram and has sought the central forces,'' she said.
''He (Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee) should step down owning moral responsibility and if he does not, he should be constitutionally sacked for complete breakdown of democracy in the state. We take a constitutional oath to protect democracy and not promote autocracy.
It should be a rule of ballots and not bullets,'' she stated.
She further alleged that the CPI(M) activists and police today tried to break the bandh through violent protests.
''The CPI(M) activists took the batons from the police and assaulted our protesters and even senior leaders like Ajit Panja were not spared,'' she alleged.
''Hopefully the state government will take a lesson from this bandh that the people have supported us,'' she said.
She also announced the future programmes of the party stating that Trinamool supporters will demonstrate before the district headquarters in the state protesting the failure of the PDS system in the state on November 2.
On November three the party will hold a Central Meeting at Subodh Mullick Square in North Kolkata to protest against the failure of PDS system, Rizwanur murder case and Nandigram .