Wednesday, April 10, 2013

SFI attack: CPI (M) should apologise, says M.K. Narayanan

KOLKATA, April 10, 2013 PTI

West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan on Wednesday said the "attack" on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Finance Minister Amit Mitra in Delhi was "unprecedented" and "a blot on India's cherished democratic values".

He was reacting to Tuesday\'s protest by activists Students Federation of India, the CPI(M), the Janwadi Mahila Samiti and the Democratic Youth Federation of India against Trinamool Congress leaders including West Bengal Chief Minister and Finance Minister Amit Mitra went they came to attend the annual State Plan meeting in New Delhi

He said the incident deserved to be condemned in the strongest terms and deserved a public apology from the CPI (M) Polit Bureau.

"The shocking pre-meditated assault on the chief minister, the finance minister and other senior ministers of West Bengal in the national capital is an extremely unfortunate incident and a blot on India's cherished democratic values," the Governor said in a statement issued here.

"This kind of attack on a democratically-elected chief minister, the finance minister and their cabinet colleagues is unprecedented in India's modern history and is serious enough to warrant a public apology by the politburo of the CPI (Marxist)," he said.

Mr. Narayanan said those responsible for the attack and their instigators have forfeited their right to function within a democratic framework.

Appeals for calm

The Governor also urged the ruling Trinamool Congress as well as others in the state to maintain calm.

Meanwhile, the TMC gave a call for a state-wide protest on Wednesday against Tuesday's incident in Delhi where Left activists targeted Banerjee and Mitra.

Party general secretary Mukul Roy said their protest would be peaceful and not in line with that of the CPI (M) under any circumstance.

He said party supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also appealed for peace in the state.
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