The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly condemns the arrest of Com. Badal Chowdhury, leader of the CPI(M) in Tripura, while he was in the ICU of a private hospital in Agartala.
The BJP state government has levelled false charges against Badal Chowdhury concerning his tenure as the PWD minister, in the Left Front Government, in the execution of certain projects. Other senior officials including the former Chief Secretary of the state have been named in the FIR. This shows the extent to which the BJP government can go to level baseless charges and target the CPI(M) leadership.
The arrest of Badal Chowdhury while he was in hospital and when the Tripura High Court was to pass an order on his anticipatory bail application shows the vindictive nature of the action.
Such actions will not suppress the CPI(M) nor tarnish its image as the people of Tripura know very well the exemplary and honest record of the Left Front government. The CPI(M) will fight the case against Badal Chowdhury both legally and politically.