Raising the hackles of the opposition, the state administration has denied former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee permission to hold a party conference in the state's Hooghly district, citing law and order reasons.
The CPI-M Hooghly district unit had sought the permission of the sub-divisional officer of Arambagh area of Hoogly district for a party conference, which was scheduled to be addressed by Bhattacharjee, also a politburo member of Communist Party of India (Marxist).
The district administration, however, refused to give its permission citing concerns over the law and order situation in the area.
"We had sought permission to hold a party programme in an auditorium on Sept 9. But the sub-divisional officer of Arambagh denied it, citing police reports. We condemn such attack on democratic rights," said Sudarshan Roy Choudhury, CPI-M's Hoogly district secretary.
Leader of opposition in the state assembly Surya Kanta Mishra also criticised the decision.
"We know why they are trying to curb our democratic rights... They want to bring back the dark days of 'seventies. Other political parties of the state will also face the same fate," Mishra said.