CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Thursday that the politics of the violence and terror continues to be unleashed by the ruling BJPIPFT government in Tripura and the Trinamul Congress government in West Bengal.
Addressing a Press conference in the state CPI-M headquarters, Mr Yechury said that an open daylight murder of democracy is taking place in the states of West Bengal and Tripura.
“Human rights and political freedom have come under severe strain. This is increasingly being seen all across the country as, for example, in the brutal suppression of Dalit protests as well as use of draconian laws against human rights activists. This, however, has come into sharp focus in West Bengal and Tripura, strongholds of the Left movement in the country,” he said.
He also said that in the West Bengal, the TMC regime has been maintaining its reign of terror and fascistic attacks directed against the Left Front. “After the 2016 assembly elections, the TMC launched widespread attacks against the Left parties, particularly in areas where the CPI (M) and the other Left parties continues to retain the mass base. Since June 2016, 31 CPI (M) members and supporters were killed by the TMC goons,” he said.
Mr Yechury said that the move resorted to was to forcibly capture the panchayat samitis and gram panchayats and municipal bodies where the Left Front had a majority.
“Thousands of people had to leave their homes due to the threats and attacks. There has been a pre-election rigging of the 2018 Panchayat elections through widespread attacks and violence to prevent nominations being filed by Left Front and opposition candidates,” he said.
He criticised chief minister Mamata Banerjee led government as more than eleven activists of the Left parties have lost their lives in course of the Panchayat election-related violence. “Abduction and arson are wanton. The police administration is in complete colluding with the TMC goons. The scale of violence makes it very clear that free and fair polls are impossible with such active involvement of the TMC-led administration,” he said.
He said that these developments are part of the larger attacks on the livelihood and hard-earned rights of the people. “In the struggle against forced acquisition of land in Bhangor, a number of activists were killed in police firing and by TMC goons. One of the top leaders is under detention under UAPA,” he said.