Throwing a virtual challenge to the West Bengal government and the state chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, leader of opposition in West Bengal assembly Suryakanta Mishra said the chief minister should never dare prevent the Left Front from holding public meetings and rallies in future.
Although initially the police denied permission to the Kolkata district Left Front to hold a protest meeting in front of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) head office, at the last moment permission was given for just an hour.
The rally was called in protest against the corruption and inefficiency in the functioning of KMC at all levels.
Encouraged by a huge turnout of over 40,000 people in short space, Mishra said the huge turnout has proved to what extent the chief minister’s power held sway.
“She herself has understood what is the extent of her ability and hence in future she should not dare to impose restriction on our public meetings. The police can resort to use lathi and water canons. We are not scared. Actually the chief minister herself is scared of the people now,” Mishra said.
He said the probable next date of direct confrontation with the state government would be November 7, 2012 as he has been informed that on that day the Left Front leaders and supporters will be prevented from garlanding the statue of VI Lenin on the occasion of the celebration of November movement.
“I want to tell the people to assemble on that day like today. No one can prevent us from garlanding the statue of VI Lenin,” the leader of opposition said at the rally.
Speaking at the event, Mishra further said that everyday the chief minister is practicing false methods. “Even today at Haldia, she told a lie about Singur, when she claimed that the Singur land is in possession of the state government and it would be returned to the farmers in appropriate time,” he said.
Addressing teeming numbers of Left Front supporters on the day, he claimed that the chief minister is under the grasp of the chit funds, which are looting thousands of crores of rupees from innocent and poor people.
“Around R1,500 crore was looted by chit funds in West Bengal during the last couple of years and the chief minister is surrounded by the owners of these chit funds,” the leader of opposition said.
Addressing party faithfuls on the day, he said that the state police were helpless in curbin the highhanded ways of Trinamool activists.
“There had been several cases where police personnel were beaten up either by the relatives of the chief minister or by some ministers in the state cabinet; the police were helpless,” he said.