In Photo: Mamata Banerjee at the Mayo Road Trinamool student wing rally in Kolkata on Friday. Photo courtesy: @AITCofficial
Kolkata, 28 August: WEST Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has showered praises on the police for “showing extreme restraint” and “tackling very well” the Left’s protest march to state secretariat Nabanna on Thursday.
“I thank the police for showing extreme restraint yesterday despite the marchers attacking them with sticks and bricks. Police have tackled the situation very well,” Miss Banerjee said addressing a Trinamool student wing rally at Mayo Road in Kolkata Friday afternoon.
Saying that she had never seen before yesterday police folding hands before protesters, Miss Banerjee said that during its 34-year rule the Left had made the police fire at political opposition several times. “But I don’t believe in such action. We will deal with them politically,” the Bengal CM said.
Some streets in central Kolkata and Howrah had turned battlefields on Thursday after the participants in a Left peasant wings protest march to Nabanna clashed with police as they stopped the march from moving forward.
Some 35 Left workers, including LF chairman Biman Bose, were injured in police lathi-charge and stone-pelting. Around 10 policemen were also injured in the ugly street fight that lasted for about three hours from 12.30 pm.
Miss Banerjee who had visited SSKM Hospital last evening to see the injured policeman, today alleged that “frustrated of being out of power” the Left parties were trying to spread anarchy and violence across Bengal.
In the same breath, she added that after assuming power, Trinamool government did not resort to any vindictive action against the Left leaders and hence, they were now in a position to “hurl stones and trade guns” at the state administration.
“I have no problem if you challenge me politically. I will deal with that. But resorting to violence and anarchy in the name of protests will not be tolerated,” Miss Banerjee warned. “No matter how much you try: forget 2016, Left would not return to power even in 3016. People of Bengal have rejected your negative politics for good.”
Without directly referring to the 2 September nationwide general strike convened by various Left trade unions, the Bengal Chief Minister said that “people of Bengal wouldn’t accept any bandh.”
The Trinamool supremo also alleged that the CPI-M, Congress and BJP have joined hands to malign the Trinamool Congress government and create trouble in the state in turns. She said that being the party in power at the Centre, BJP must do some responsible politics.