TMC hits out Opp for 'demeaning' Bengal

Kolkata, Jan 05: With West Bengal Government drawing flak from Opposition over Madhyamgram gangrape incident, the ruling Trinamool Congress on Sunday lashed out at CPI(M), Congress and BJP accusing them of making concerted efforts to belittle the state's image before the outside world.

TMC general secretary Mukul Roy alleged that there was a "diabolic attempt" by the CPI(M) to propagate a disinformation campaign against the state and to create unrest. Referring to the recent death of a gangrape victim of Madhyamgram, Roy said that the police had arrested the culprits and "we are with the family of the victim".

He said the state government is ready to offer all support to the girl's family. "All the persons named in the FIR have been arrested and criminals will be treated as criminals. Law will take its own course and the TMC will never interfere in the issue. TMC looks at these unfortunate incidents from the point of humanity", Roy said.

TMC lashed out at CPI(M), Congress and BJP.

For preventing such heinous crimes, he said that there was a need to create social awareness among the people. "We have seen the role played by the CPI(M) in the Tapasi Malik case of Singur and Sujata Bhadra case of Khejuri," Roy said. "The Left Front had made sincere efforts to bury the issues, but TMC will never do that", he said.

Asked about the visit of Bihar police official to the residence of Madhyamgram gangrape victim, Roy said "If someone wants to do politics, then it is different issue. But this is not good for the federal structure. "Each person, whether he or she is a Bihari, south Indian and anything else, is living peacefully in West Bengal", Roy said.

"At a time when the state is marching ahead under the leadership of chief minister Mamata Banerjee and becoming a model for other states, the three parties (CPI(M), Congress and BJP) are acting in unison to denigrate the image of West Bengal", the TMC general secretary said.

Roy alleged that during any election, be it Lok Sabha, Panchayat or Assembly, the three parties come together and raise hackles to thwart the sincere efforts of the ruling TMC for the state's progress.

"We will not allow that. During the last two-and- half -years, peace and democracy have returned to the state after the misrule which was ushered in by the former Left Front government", Roy told reporters here.


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