CPM wouldn’t have existed had we opted for revenge, says TMC leader

The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday put the onus of "maintaining peace in Bamunghata" that witnessed violent political flare-up on Tuesday on the CPM. Threatening the Marxists of dire consequences, Trinamool leader and Transport Minister Madan Mitra said had Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee talked of revenge in the run-up to the Assembly elections, the CPM would have been wiped out.

"Had our leader Mamata Banerjee not given a call for change and not revenge, the CPM would not have existed in West Bengal. Trinamool Congress is against using bombs and guns. Had we wanted it, the CPM would not have existed after five minutes," Mitra told party supporters at the same spot that witnessed violence a day ago with TMC workers allegedly attacking a convoy of vehicles carrying CPM cadres to a rally in Alipore that left at least nine people injured.

"If the CPM resorts to violence again, it will have to take the responsibility to maintain peace," he added.

The meeting was attended by senior TMC leader Mukul Roy and ministers Firhad Hakim, Arup Biswas among a host of other party workers.

Coming out in support of controversial TMC MLA Arabul Islam, Mitra said he was "the fighting leader and the epitome of youth". Islam is accused of instigating violence against CPM cadres in the area. "We are with him and our party is with him. Moreover, when a leader like Arabul would be beaten by the CPM workers, will the people of Bhangar eat rasogollas at their homes?" asked Mitra.

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