Trinamool Congress not to accept conditions for Lalgarh rally
Trinamool Congress today brushed aside the West Bengal government's imposition of conditions for its August 9 rally in Lalgarh to be addressed by party chief Mamata Banerjee, saying it will not accept them and demanded their withdrawal.kolkata Updated: Aug 03, 2010 22:26 IST
Trinamool Congress on Tuesday brushed aside the West Bengal government's imposition of conditions for its August 9 rally in Lalgarh to be addressed by party chief Mamata Banerjee, saying it will not accept them and demanded their withdrawal.
"What conditions? Whose conditions? We will not accept any conditions. Mamata will be going to Lalgarh as scheduled," Trinamool vice-president Subrata Mukherjee told reporters here after meeting Governor MK Narayananan together with Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee.
"Mamata is a Union minister and she can travel to any part of the state. Is any condition imposed for the chief minister to visit any place in the state," Mukherjee asked.
He said that the only condition should be that Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee should quit as chief minister owning moral responsibility for the string of defeats in elections.
Trinamool Congress would also not abide by the government's instruction to stick to announced routes while going for the meeting, he said.
"The routes will be decided by the party. It will be an apolitical meeting to draw people to protest the CPI(M)'s terror politics. We want the state administration to withdraw the conditions by today or before the visit," he said.
Stating that he had conveyed the party's concerns about the conditions put by the government, Mukherjee alleged that the administration would try to create trouble at Lalgarh and blame the Maoists for it.
With Banerjee having voiced apprehension that there was a conspiracy against her life, Mukherjee claimed "a supari killer had been appointed to kill her. A minister of paschimanchal (western districts) is behind it. The chief minister is also aware of it".
He said the party was worried about Mamata's safety.
"We hope that Centre will provide adequate security. From the party we are also also looking into the security aspect," he said.
Chatterjee said prohibitory orders were in force in Lalgarh for the past one year and none except the CPI(M) was allowed to hold meetings there. "This is discrimination against opposition parties by the state government."
Chatterjee and Mukherjee who led a party delegation to the governor said he had requested him to check the increasing incidents of killing of Trinamool Congress and other political opponents in various parts of the state.