Left may raise law and order issue at Bengal meeting


Kolkata : West Bengal’s opposition Left Front (LF) Thursday said its representatives may raise the law and order issue at the all-party meeting called by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Aug 3 to discuss matters like renaming of the state.

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Addressing the media after a meeting of Left Front partners here, the combine’s chairman Biman Bose expressed dismay over the government not disclosing its stand on the issues to be discussed at the meeting.

Apart from the renaming of the state, the agenda for the all-party deliberations includes rechristening of East Midnapore district and re-organisation of the large districts.

“Representatives from the constituent parties of the LF will participate in the all-party meeting. Though we have been informed about the agenda of the meeting, we are not aware of the government’s stance on those issues,” said Bose.

Asked whether the Left Front members would raise law and order issues, including the alleged attacks on its cadres by Trinamool Congress backed miscreants, Bose said: “Though the matter is not on the agenda, such issues can always be raised. Issues of importance can always be dealt with in all-party meetings.”

“We are always in favour of all-party meetings. Such meetings are the right way ahead. It affords an opportunity to get suggestions from all stakeholders.”

“In the past when the LF was in power, we convened all-party meetings regularly on important issues. Though all suggestions at such deliberations could not be implemented, some of them were incorporated in government decisions,” said Bose.

A total of 10 political parties have been invited to the meeting.
They are: the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Congress, the Communist Party of India-Marxist, the Forward Bloc, the Revolutionary Socialist Party, the Communist Party of India, the Socialist Unity Centre of India-Communist, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the Samajwadi Party and the Democratic Socialist Party (Prabodh Sinha).

Banerjee earlier proposed changing the name of the state to do away with problems that arose owing to the current name starting with “W” – the fourth last letter in English alphabets. She also suggested changing the name of East Midnapore to Tamralipta, along with re-organisation of the large districts for better governance.