Trinamool minister hints at Congress hand behind attack on Mamata Banerjee

Mamata BanerjeeTMC Chief Mamata Banerjee. (Reuters)

PANCHAYAT Minister Subrata Mukherjee, who was accompanying Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to Yojana Bhawan in Delhi when she was gheraoed by SFI supporters on Thursday hinted at an "invisible" Congress hand behind the incident.

"It should be looked into if an invisible hand of Congress worked behind the CPM and SFI hooliganism against the CM, Amit Mitra and I," Mukherjee told mediapersons.

"There could be a Congress hand. But that has not been proven," he said and added: "But what was proven was the colossal callousness of the police. Their gross mismanagement of the whole incident. They should have taken resort to lathicharge. They took 22 minutes to quell the trouble. If they handle some miscreants who passed for SFI activists in such a pathetic manner, how can they fight terrroists which is a menace there," Mukherjee said.

He once again reiterated that SFI general secretary Ritabrata Banerjee be arrested immediately.

The Congress, meanwhile, went all out against Mamata over the violent clashes in the state. "There are allegations that leaders and cadres of Trinamool supported by the wilful inaction of the local police and administration are targeting not only the party offices of Left parties but also the Congress workers and leaders. We strongly condemn it," said senior party leader Shakeel Ahmed.

"It is the duty of the state government to control the situation by taking whatever steps are possible. This is no way to retaliate," he added.

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