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Mamata seeks Centre's intervention in W Bengal

Bhattacharjee was on Monday quoted as having said that Dalmiya's win was a 'victory of evil over good'.

india Updated: Aug 01, 2006 18:49 IST

Charging Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee with "murdering democracy" in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday sought central intervention under Article 355 of the Constitution to warn the Chief Minister to protect the democratic process which was being "threatened" under the Left Front rule.

"If action under Article 355 does not work, then 356 (central rule) should be imposed," she told reporters while referring to Bhattacharjee's statement that Jagmohan Dalmia, who was re-elected President of Cricket Association of Bengal, should quit his post.

Bhattacharjee was on Monday quoted as having said that Dalmiya's win was a 'victory of evil over good' and that "the battle will continue. I want him to leave this post".

Banerjee said even state Ministers and veteran leader Jyoti Basu had opposed the statement, "but this reflects the arrogance of CPI(M). Democracy has become handicapped and opposition parties are not allowed to carry out peaceful protests".

The Trinamool leader also alleged that "prime agricultural land belonging to minority farmers" was being given away to Indonesia-based Salim Group for setting up mega infrastructure projects.

"This has been done without even issuing any tender and they (Left Front) claim to be transparent. While we are not against industrialisation, what will this Indonesian group construct? Not industry, but multi-storeyed buildings", Banerjee said.

Banerjee claimed that West Bengal would face a "food crisis" in the near future as large chunks of agricultural land was being transferred for non-agricultural purposes.

Continuing her tirade against Bhattacharjee, the Trinamool Congress chief said "the Centre must intervene as the Chief Minister was carrying out state-sponsored terrorism. He can threaten a man, he can threaten political parties and the duly-elected opposition".

Asked whether she was supporting Dalmia, she said "I don't even know him. But I had congratulated him on his victory" as the CAB President.

Referring to a letter sent to her party leader in the state assembly Partha Chatterjee, Banerjee said the Trinamool legislator had been appointed Leader of Opposition 'temporarily' with effect from July 26.

She said "there is no provision to appoint someone to a post for a temporary period. Can a Prime Minister be appointed temporarily". While Trinamool Congress has 29 MLAs, Congress has 21 in the 294-member West Bengal assembly.