Saturday, December 15, 2007

‘Cops pasted Writers’ posters’

Statesman News Service

KOLKATA, Dec. 15- Police were used to paste Maoist posters at the main gate of the Writers’ Buildings, Miss Mamata Banerjee, Trinamul Congress chairperson alleged today.
Her allegation comes at a time when the state administration is pulling up its socks over the security lapse. Four police constables have been suspended. CPI-Maoists comprises CPI-M dissidents, she alleged and stated that the CPI-M should make public its differences with the organisation. If the Maoists are a terrorist outfit, why is the state government not banning them, she asked.

The CPI-M dominated state government is following a hypocritical policy, she believes. Otherwise how can it persecute anybody for being a Maoist after Mr Sitaram Yechury, CPI-M Politburo member holds talks with them in Nepal.

Trinamul Congress activists will move different forums, challenging the state government notification banning the assembly of more than five people in different thoroughfares in the office district of the city, Miss Banerjee said.

The notification is a ploy to throttle Opposition activities by stopping political demonstration on Brabourne Road, Dalhousie Square (East), Old Court House Street, Government Place East, Fairlie Place and Rani Rashmani Road, she claimed.
The actions of the state government indicate that it has lost its self-confidence and is in fear of its own shadow, Miss Banerjee said. This is just another scheme to cover up its failure.

Barring photographers and camera crew of television channels from entering the Assembly building is part of the state government’s move to gag the media, she alleged. Throwing all norms to the winds, the CPI-M is keeping tabs on the Governor, she alleged, stating that otherwise how can senior CPI-M leaders know who is talking to the governor.

The issues would be raised by the Trinamul Congress Legislature Party during the Assembly session on Monday. A party delegation is scheduled to meet Mr Gopal Krishna Gandhi on Tuesday.

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