WB: Governor asks Mamata to end 'goondaism', initiates probe

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Kolkata, Jan 10: The ongoing clashes between Trinamool-Left cadres in West Bengal is no less embarrassing for Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. In fact, governor of West Bengal MK Narayanan termed the current situation as "goondaism" in the state.

"This has nothing to do with political culture. I think some sort of goondaism is going on here," governor told reporters in Kolkata after inaugurating a function of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival on Wednesday, Jan 9.

"The last two-three days have been very disturbing and distressing. This violence should not have taken place... This is not acceptable," he said.

"There is clear evidence against the guilty," Narayanan said.

CPI-M and Trinamool workers had clashed at Bamunghata in South 24 Parganas on Tuesday where earlier a former CPI-M minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah had been allegedly assaulted by TMC workers.

Governor said police should undertake an impartial probe to end the violence.

"We should not accept the violence that is taking place. I believe it is the responsibility of administration to ensure that law and order is maintained and action is taken against whoever responsible," Narayanan said.

"Police have to be impartial as far as possible. I think a state like Bengal cannot accept this. I think action should be taken and will be taken," he added. To a question whether he has asked the state government to take steps, the Governor said that he, in his capacity as the governor, is a part of the state government. "How can I tell them?" he asked.

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