Press Statement
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
Chidambaram: Absurd Charges
The Union Home Minister, P Chidambaram, has called West Bengal among the worst governed states in the country, during his election campaign in the state. This is a ludicrous statement coming from a person who belongs to a government which is presiding over the most corrupt regime in independent India. Mercifully, West Bengal has been saved from the style of governance that Chidambaram’s party has been practicing at the Centre. The absurdity of the statement can be gauged from the fact that on the very day when Chidambaram made the statement, West Bengal was given an award for panchayati raj programme rural development by the Central Government.
It is shocking that the Home Minister goes to West Bengal and does not speak a word of condemnation of the Maoist violence which has led to the death of 265 cadres and supporters of the CPI(M) and the Left Front since the last Lok Sabha elections. Instead, he has leveled the patently false charge that it is the CPI(M) which is responsible for the killings by presenting wrong figures. By covering up the Maoist violence and the Maoist-TMC collaboration, Chidambaram has betrayed the elementary duty entrusted to him as the Home Minister of the country. The egregious and partisan manner in which Chidambaram is behaving will only call into question the way he is handling the key office of Home Minister in the government.