West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee lashed out at Union home minister P Chidambaram on Friday for his comment on the rising political violence in Bengal, the day before.
Chidambaram had said at a function in Kolkata, “The situation has really worsened in the post-poll scenario and already 204 individuals have been killed. And all these killings are because of inter-party clashes.”
Chidambaram also said in the first six months of 2012 there were 455 incidents of violence killing 82 individuals.
In an angry letter to the home minister, Banerjee said, “Law and order problem is a domain of the state. The interference of central government in this regard is not desirable. The data on the basis of which Chidambaram made his comments is not clear. It’s not true also.”
State secretariat sources said the letter had been faxed to Chidambaram's office.
In New Delhi, Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury said, “I am not not aware of any such statement and under what context the said statement was made by the home minister...All this happens in politics.”
(With agency inputs)