Kolkata : Launching a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi government and the Mamata Banerjee government, the CPI-M on Sunday alleged the two had a “tacit understanding” and exhorted the people to strengthen Left forces in the country.
Addressing a massive rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds here, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) politburo member Brinda Karat charged the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Centre with having a tacit understanding.
“The communal BJP and the RSS, they are known to break the country and not unite it. We will not yield even a single inch to them. The Trinamool and BJP, they wrestle outside but inside they are friends,” said Brinda.
“At a time when the Modi government is attempting communal polarisation, we need to have a strong voice coming from Bengal. This is not the fight of the Left alone but the fight for Bengal, fight for the entire country,” she said.
Referring to the lynching of a man in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh and the killing of Dalit children in Haryana, Brinda Karat wondered why the Trinamool did not protest when the whole country was doing so.
“When the whole country was protesting, people were returning their awards against the Dadri lynching and killing of children in Haryana, the Trinamool MPs were nowhere to be seen. Where were they?” she asked.
“Well, they were either in jail or on bail for the Saradha,” said the Marxist leader referring the multi-crore-rupee scam in which several of Trinamool leaders have been indicted.
Karat also flayed Banerjee for Bengal topping the country in terms of crime against women.
“Such is the state of affairs that having a woman chief minister, Bengal leads the country in terms of crime against women.”
“I am not saying such crimes don’t happen in the rest of the country, but in Bengal we have the chief minister who makes insensitive comments on rapes or tries to cover them by calling the incident as fabricated,” she said.
Addressing the rally, veteran Marxist leader Biman Bose lambasted the Banerjee government for attacking democracy.
“Unless and until we are able to reinstate democracy in Bengal, our fight for workers, farmers, common people will never materialise. We have to uproot the Trinamool and establish democracy,” said Bose.
The massive rally attended by its central leadership kick-started the CPI-M’s five-day plenum here ahead of the crucial assembly polls in its erstwhile citadels West Bengal and Kerala in the first half of 2016.