Accusing the state government and Centre of being hand-in-glove in scuttling workers’ rights, Leader of the Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra Friday said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s “provocative speech” at the TMCP rally was a sign of dictatorship.
“She has said today that it will take just one minute to teach us a lesson. This provocative speech only reflects the authoritarian and dictatorship mindset of our chief minister. She is speaking the language of criminals. The anarchy unleashed by TMC has breached the limit of tolerance of the common man. The people will give a befitting reply to them,” Mishra said at a press conference Friday.
“If she is threatening us, we are challenging her that she wouldn’t be able to do so in another one or even 10 years. People like her would be a forgotten phase in history. The last movement was for three hours. What if there is a 24 or 48-hour movement next?” Mishra added.
Mishra’s comment comes in the backdrop of Mamata cautioning Left trade unions who have called a general strike on September 2, saying the people of Bengal do not support shutdowns.
To Mamata’s assertion that bandhs will be banned in the state, Mishra said she was talking on the same lines as the BJP government at the Centre.
“She is aping the BJP which has done the same at the states ruled by it. The pary is violating rules of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). She has said the Left has no right to do politics because she doesn’t want to give anyone any right,” he said.
“She is condemning us for violence. Let me ask her what was it she used to do when her party was in the opposition ? We all know how TMC had ransacked the assembly in December 2006, how the national highway was blocked for several days after they decided to organise a sit in demonstration in Singur,” Mishra said.
The CPM leader said people were running out of patience with the limitless terror attacks under the TMC regime and Thursday’s rally was just the beginning. “She should wait for the upcoming bandh on September 2 and demonstrations on September 9 and September 10 against the rising electricity price. Her police and administration had implicated CPM workers in false cases. We want to see how much space is there in her jails and how many false cases can she file,” Mishra said.