“Over-enthusiastic” people from CPM and other political parties are responsible behind alleged attacks on CPM and other Left party offices, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a delegation of Left Front leaders here today. Left Front has accused BJP and ruling alliance partner Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT) of “widespread post-poll violence”.
In a news conference here this evening, Left Front convener Bijan Dhar said that a five member delegation of Left Front today met Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and sought his intervention to stop alleged attacks on opposition party and trade union offices in the state.
The left leaders submitted three lists of alleged post-election attacks by BJP and IPFT supporters in Tripura. The lists claim 438 party offices to have been attacked including 93 cases of arson, 230 ransacked, 52 locked and 63 captured party offices since Mar 03. Over 1700 houses of left supporters and leaders were also attacked, the Left Front claimed.
However, the CM denied role of BJP in the attacks and said turncoats from other parties including CPM were responsible for attacks on the left parties. “Evergreen” elements, who Deb claimed were political turncoats, were said to be behind such incidents. The CM has assured strict action against anybody involved in these attacks.
Bijan Dhar, who is also CPM state secretary, partly admitted Chief Minister Deb’s claim of CPM supporters turning to BJP and attacking left party offices. “Irrespective of whichever parties they belonged previously, these people (attackers) are now in BJP. They can’t deny their liability”, he said.
The communist veteran said he was “satisfied” with talks with CM. “He has given a very nice, refined and amicable approach to the meeting”, he said. However, his party would comment further after seeing implementation of assurances, Dhar said.
Deb today also invited complaints against any political attack on his personal mobile or WhatsApp number if victims were afraid to approach the police. “I shall take action on any specific case which is found true. However, CPM leaders claimed that the CM said certain parts of the state were always ‘khatarnak’ or dangerous and sought time to achieve full functionality of the government.
The delegation which met CM today comprised of CPM central committee leader Rama Das, state leader Naresh Jamatia, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) leader Sudarshan Bhattacharjee, CPI leader Ranjit Majumder and Forward Bloc leader Shyamal Roy apart from state Left Front convener Bijan Dhar. Dhar was named LF convener after Khagen Das expired on January 21 this year.