The bombing of the house of a West Bengal minister, Subash Naskar, on Thursday, allegedly by Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, workers, again demonstrates how little respect CPM has for democracy or the law for that matter.
Naskar is a leader of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), a member of the ruling Left Front coalition. RSP’s strength in certain districts of the state lies at the heart of the matter.
The two parties have serious differences over many issues. But on Thursday, these descended into violence. Two relatives of the minister were injured and one of them died later as a result of the attack.
CPM is at the forefront of berating other parties at the slightest pretext. National parties such as the Congress and?the?Bharatiya?Janata?Party have been at its receiving end. But when it comes to its coalition partners, it’s intolerant of any dissent. In fact, it’s markedly undemocratic to those who don’t agree with it. It should think hard about the role of such tactics in attaining its goals.