Mamata now scared of entering any village: CPI-M

Kolkata, June 18 (IANS) Ridiculing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Kamduni village, the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Tuesday said she was now “scared” to enter a village in the state and was only doing it “secretly like thieves”.

“For the first time since her government came to power two years back, the chief minister is now scared to enter a village. She is now entering a village secretly like thieves,” Leader of Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra said here.

Banerjee had gone unannounced to North 24 Parganas district’s Kamduni village, the residence of a second-year college student abducted, gang-raped and killed by a group of youths June 7 when she was returning home after appearing in an examination.

However, the visit turned sour after a group of women asked her to talk to them and shouted slogans about the lack of security. The chief minister lost her cool and screamed at the villagers “shut up”. She also branded the perpetrators of the crime as well as the protesters as “CPI-M people”.

“She went there after ten days, but did not stay for even five minutes,” said Mishra.

Wondering why the chief minister had to ride pillion on a bike to enter the village, Mishra said he had gone there on the day of the incident.

Mishra said his party did not have much presence in the area, and people supporting the ruling Trinamool Congress had voiced their protest.

“The protests against the chief minister has proved those supporting the Trinamool Congress will also raise their voice against any injustice,” he said.

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