Busy celebrating KKR’s IPL victory, Didi, TMC ignore Sikdar’s cremation

BJP criticised Mamata for rescheduling her North Bengal tour to attend the event organised for KKR.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:June 4, 2014 3:00 am
The funeral procession, in Kolkata, Tuesday. (Source: PTI) The funeral procession, in Kolkata, Tuesday. (Source: PTI)

The West Bengal BJP Tuesday slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday as no one from state government or Trinamool Congress went to the cremation of BJP leader and former Union Minister Tapan Sikdar, even though she and a number of ministers attended Kolkata Knight Riders’ victory celebrations at Eden Gardens.

“We believe that political rivalry should not be mixed with death. But unfortunately the Chief Minister either being very busy with the celebrations or intentionally, did not care to send either a condolence message or a floral tribute to her one-time ministerial colleague and senior BJP leader Tapan Sikdar, where (representatives of) all the parties barring TMC and the state government were physically present to pay homage. We strongly condemn this attitude,” state BJP chief Rahul Sinha said.

He also criticised Mamata for rescheduling her North Bengal tour to attend the event organised for KKR.

“Our Hon’ble CM had cancelled her scheduled North Bengal programme and booked a chartered flight to attend a club celebration, which does not belong to West Bengal, nor any of its player is from West Bengal. The way she was spending on that programme does not speak of our cash-strapped position,” Sinha said in a press statement.

Condemning the police lathicharge on the fans outside the stadium, he said, “While she (Mamata) was celebrating in the stadium, a number of spectators were mercilessly lathicharged by the police outside, seriously injuring a good number of them, for the reasons best known to her.”

He demanded an inquiry into the police action.

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