Bengal lacks democratic atmosphere, violence still on: Congress

July 16th, 2012 - 9:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, July 16 (IANS) Lashing out at the Trinamool Congress-led government for alleged failure in controlling violence across West Bengal, state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharjee Monday said that it has failed to maintain the democratic atmosphere of the state.

“We all know that democracy was crushed during the Left regime in the state. But what is happening now is really sad. The new government too has failed to live up to the expectations. There is lack of democratic atmosphere in the state. The law and order situation is getting worse with every passing day,” he said.

“We want to bring back the democratic rights of the people of West Bengal,” Bhattacharjee said.

He also criticised the Trinamool Congress government for increasing the power tariffs and thus putting an unnecessary burden on the common people of the state.

“The powers tariffs have been increased steeply. It is affecting the masses. It is not possible for the electricity providing company to raise the power tariffs without the knowledge and permission of the state government,” said Bhattacharjee.

“A few months back she had protested against a two-paisa hike in railway fares. Now her government is increasing power tariffs. We condemn such double standards,” he said, referring to Chief Minister and Trinamool president Mamata Banerjee’s stance on price hikes.

Former railway minister and Trinamool leader Dinesh Trivedi lost his job after he annoyed Banerjee by increasing the railway fares, which Banerjee said was against the Trinamool’s party line.

The Congress and Trinamool, alliance partners in both in the state and central governments, have been at loggerhead over various issues for the past few months, including the coming presidential elections.

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