May 14, 2009

‘Trinamool trying to take State back to days of anarchy’

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Monday criticised the Opposition in the State, stating that it was “incomparable in the entire country.”

It was “opposing all development for the sake of opposing,” he said, particularly referring to the Trinamool Congress which, he charged, was attempting to take West Bengal back to the days of anarchy and unrest between 1972 and 1977 (when the Congress was in power) through its “politics of violence.”

“There was an atmosphere of violence between 1972 and 1975. We could later overcome it but the Opposition wants the State to revert to such an atmosphere; it is evident in their language.”

“When it comes to the setting up major projects, in other States, the Opposition joins hands with the government. It is unfortunate that it is not so in our State,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said.

Mr. Bhattacharjee described the Trinamool as an “indisciplined party” suffering from “political bankruptcy.” “It is devoid of any plan and programme not of an ideology.” “The situation in the State is being vitiated by the politics of violence by this party — the Trinamool Congress — ever since it was formed.”
To a question on Singur, Mr. Bhattacharjee said there was no reason why he should “apologise” for the Nano project’s relocation. “Why should I apologise; to whom, for what reason? It is the Opposition that should apologise. They have created a serious problem for the State ... When I am wrong I admit my mistake. This comes from my political values. On Nandigram, I apologised immediately after the firing there at a meeting.”

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