CPI(M) today urged President Pranab Mukherjee to decide whether West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan’s ‘political interventions’ in seeking an apology from the party Politburo for the Delhi incident,involving Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,was justified.
Party General Secretary Prakash Karat shot off a letter to the President,saying Narayanan’s statement was ‘unwarranted and does not behove the post of the governor of a state’.
Maintaining that widespread attacks were going on in West Bengal against CPI(M) and Left parties’ offices and leaders,he said the governor’s statement ‘has only encouraged these elements.’
Quoting the statement,Karat said while one could understand the governor condemning the incident,but Narayanan “has gone much beyond that and called it (Delhi incident) a ‘shocking pre-meditated assault on the Chief Minister,the Finance Minister and other senior Ministers’.”
“How is it that Narayanan sitting in Raj Bhavan in Kolkata has come to the unfounded and totally baseless conclusion that there was a pre-meditated assault on the chief minister and others? In fact,the entire visual media showed how the chief minister entered and left Yojana Bhavan without any hindrance.
“It is highly improper for the governor of a state,who holds a constitutional post,to declare that a political party or leaders have ‘forfeited their right to function within a democratic framework’,” Karat said.
“As the President of India,it is for you to decide whether such political interventions by the governor are justified. I hope you will study the statement and advise the governor,who is your representative,accordingly,” the CPI(M) General Secretary said in the letter.
Reacting sharply to Narayanan’s statement,senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury asked how the governor could say that the Delhi incident was a pre-meditated attack.
He criticised the governor for not saying anything on the continued attacks in West Bengal on the Presidency University and the offices and cadres of the Left parties.
“On what basis is he (Narayanan) saying this? He himself was a police officer. If he has a basis for this ‘pre-meditated’ claim,let him share his basis with us. This baseless allegation is highly irresponsible,” he said.
Yechury strongly objected to the governor’s statement that “parties like ours have no right to be included in the political system itself. He must remember that because of parties like us only,today he is at that position.
“If the UPA-I was not formed with our support many people would not have today been at various posts.”
Regarding Narayanan’s remark that CPI(M) Politburo should apologise for the incident,the CPI(M) leader said while his party had immediately condemned the incident,”no governor should be telling this.
“Even we don’t tell other parties what they should do or not. It is an internal thing of a party and we have done our bit. This statement has further escalated the violence against us and other Left parties in West Bengal.”
Yechury further said that “according to our information,this statement was followed by the Presidency University violence. Baker Laboratory,which is a heritage of our country,was attacked.”
He said the Baker’s Lab was a heritage,not only because of it being over 100 years old,but because eminent scientists like C V Raman,who won the Nobel Prize,had worked extensively there.
“Such kind of destruction and vandalising our offices … and attacking our cadres and continuing their government and politics by virtue of tension and violence…and the governor has not said anything on this,which is sad,” Yechury said.
The CPI(M) leader also said the President should state his reaction to the utterances of Narayanan as the governor is his representative.