Defeat This Diabolical Agenda
While Trinamul Congress is unleashing this politics of terror in its aim to capture power in the state, it is continuing to provide patronage and cover to the Maoists, who, in turn, continue their rampage against CPI(M) activists. Since the Lok Sabha elections, nearly 200 CPI(M) leaders and activists have been martyred by these TMC and Maoist marauders acting in concert. In the districts of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia, the Maoists are continuing to target the CPI(M). On January 7, Haren Baske, a member of the Jhilimili CPI(M) local committee, was murdered by the Maoists in Bankura district. Earlier, Rameshwar Murmu, branch secretary of Bhuladara was shot dead on December 25, 2009. Three days later, on December 28, Comrade Kalidas Hembram was hacked to death. In the neighbouring Purulia district, CPI(M) leader Dhanu Rajak, local committee secretary in the Dhadka village was shot dead on January 9.
In the meanwhile, police operations in the Lalgarh area have yielded a large haul of weapons that had been amassed by the Maoists in the past for their murderous attacks on the CPI(M). The joint operations by the centre and the state government against the Maoists had to be reduced due to the elections to the state assembly in Jharkhand where the central forces were deployed. With these now completed, central and the state forces have now re-launched the operations.
Once again, the TMC, in its urge to reap electoral benefit in West Bengal, is openly protecting and facilitating Maoist terror and violence in the state. This is a stand that runs into direct contradiction with the prime minister and the union home minister's repeated articulation that Maoist violence constitutes the gravest threat to India's internal security. How can the Congress continue with this untenable situation of having TMC members in the very same cabinet presided over by prime minister? This is a question whose answer the country and the people need to know.
Such brazen anti-democratic stance coupled with the politics of terror, in their desperate bid to capture power in the state, is leading to situation where innocent people suffer and innocent life consumed. On January 9, a blazing fire broke out at noon in a slum of 450 shanties on railway land (as claimed by the railway minister) in Ultadanga in Kolkata. The TMC had called for a bandh that afternoon from 2 pm. Despite the raging fire that destroyed all the shanties and claimed one life, the TMC refused to allow the fire engines to reach the spot to protect the life and property of the slum dwellers. Such is their concern for the poor! Speculation is rife that there is more in this incident than that which meets the eye. A few days earlier, railway officials had conducted a survey exploring the possibilities for constructing a multi-purpose complex on this land as a follow-up of the fanciful announcement made in the railway budget. This fire and the Trinamul Congress's bandh preventing the fire engines from protecting the shanties has made the task much easier for the railway authorities, who, otherwise would have had to make a great deal of effort for clearing the slum. Only time will tell the truth.
As 2010 begins, these developments are, indeed, very ominous signs not only for West Bengal but for the very democratic polity in our country. Such cynical and anti-human methods of unleashing terror, violence and callousness in the pursuit of electoral benefits is not only irresponsible but gravely injurious to the health of Indian democracy and democratic institutions. The people of Bengal had, four decades ago, courageously faced and defeated such anti-democratic anarchic forces and the politics of terror unleashed by an earlier avatar of the Maoists – the naxalites. The people of Bengal had to pay a very heavy price. Unfortunately, Bengal is being pushed into such a direction, once again! For the sake of protecting and strengthening Indian democracy and social harmony, such a diabolical agenda should not be allowed to succeed.
This incident shows the extent of violence that is being unleashed against the CPI(M) and the Left in West Bengal while the Trinamul Congress and its leader Mamata Banerjee campaigns that there is no law and order in the state of West Bengal. The CPI(M) along with other Left parties had earlier presented a memorandum to the prime minister listing out the more than 150 CPI(M) leaders and activists who had been killed by the opposition since the Lok Sabha election results. Hardly a day passes in Junglemahal area especially in West Midnapur district when CPI(M) activists are not killed by Maoist marauders. In the rest of the state it is the Trinamul which carries on the campaign of violence.