Cong short of demanding Prez rule

In just 18 months of Trinamool Congress coming to power in Bengal, the demand for a central intervention, if not president's rule, has been raised.

And it was not done by TMC's arch rival the CPM, but the Congress, its former ally both at the centre and the state.

The Congress made the demand following the violent incidents at Bhangar that saw both CPM and Trinamool workers injured and at least a dozen vehicles set on fire.

"What is happening in West Bengal is just terrorism patronised by chief minister Mamata Banerjee. If it goes on unabated we will have to ask for some sort of Central intervention. Well at present we are not demanding President's rule but if things go on like this we may have to ask for that,'' Adhir Choudhury, Union Minister of State for Railways told The Indian Express.

Choudhury also said that the incident at Bhangar was a prelude to what is going to happen all over the state on the eve of the panchayat elections scheduled April this year. "They are going to unleash a reign of terror and Bhangar is just the beginning. Though law and order is a state subject but the Centre can do many things because it is the custodian of the constitution," Choudhury further said.

State Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya said he was going to write to Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde requesting him to send a central team to take stock of the law and order situation of the state. "The condition is deteriorating every day. We are going to hit the streets with rallies and protest marche," he said.

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