TMC slams Oppn for ‘demeaning’ Bengal

KolkataSupporters of AAP stage a protest against the Madhyamgram rape incident and the atrocities against women, in Kolkata on Sunday. Partha Paul

Facing flak from all quarters over the gangrape of a 16-year-old in Madhyamgram, who died later after she was allegedly set ablaze, the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal Sunday accused the Opposition parties of making concerted efforts to belittle the West Bengal's image before the outside world.

"Meeting the President after incidents like Kamduni (gangrape) and Madhyamgram (gangrape) only indicate that the Opposition parties are trying to show Bengal in a bad light," IT Minister Partha Chatterjee said referring to the victim's family's decision to meet President Pranab Mukherjee on January 7 where they likely to demand a CBI probe.

The father of the victim has already said the family has lost faith in the state police and administration.

However, Partha said the state government has stood by the victim's family and had taken appropriate steps. He was addressing a Trinamool Yuva rally, which was called to highlight the achievements of the two-and-half-years of the TMC government.

Referring to the CBI inquiry into the matter, as demanded by the victim's father, Partha said the investigating agency has remained a puppet in the hands of the Congress government at the Centre for a long time.

"Take the examples of Gyaneshwari Express accident, Tapasi Malik murder or the theft of Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel medallion. The CBI has been investigating these matters but could not crack any," he said.

TMC Chief Whip in the Vidhan Sabha, Sovandeb Chattopadhyay, compared the Opposition parties with vultures saying since they were looking at every small opportunities to prey upon.

"Politics is a continuous process... the Opposition are looking around for a rape or any other opportunity," he said.

Trinamool Yuva president Abhishek Banerjee said the Left Front, which had ruled for 34 years had indulged in rapes and corruption.

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