New Delhi: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) or CPM, which heads the government in West Bengal, on Monday termed the decision of the central government to send a team to West Bengal to study the situation following growing violence in the state as ‘an assault on the federal structure mandated by the Constitution’.
The party politburo accused its arch rival and Congress ally Trinamool Congress (TMC) of creating a law and order problem in the state and making this ‘politically motivated demand’ of sending a central team.
“The politically motivated demand by the Trinamool Congress is against the spirit of the Constitution and amounts to a gross interference in the affairs of the state government. The Trinamool Congress in collaboration with Maoists is creating a law and order situation in West Bengal by murdering CPI(M) and Left cadres,” a politburo statement said.
Meanwhile, Left parties raised the issue in both houses of Parliament. They were supported by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)and both Houses witnessed pandemonium that disrupted proceedings and led to adjournments. Storming to the well and raising slogans, Left MPs warned that any move to impose President’s Rule in the state would be “unconstitutional”. The Left MPs’ concerns over the prospects of imposition of Article 356 was supported by leader of opposition and BJP leader L K Advani and SP leader Mulayam Singh. However, home minister P Chidambaram maintained the central team’s visit should not be ”viewed through the prism of Article 356”. ”The visit is for discussion with officials and for assisting the state government. We are not doing it in the spirit of confrontation,” said Chidambaram.