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West Bengal returning to dark days: Speaker

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KOLKATA: Expressing concern over growing incidence of violence in different parts of West Bengal, Speaker of the State Assembly H.A. Halim on Wednesday wondered whether the State was returning to the “dark days” of the early 1970s.

“I hope it will not get darker. People are being killed. I do not know whether this is happening because of the approaching elections,” Mr. Halim said.

Reacting to his remarks, Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee later said that his party, the Trinamool Congress, would examine the feasibility of bringing a privilege motion against the Speaker for his comment, even though the party did not exist during the period referred to by Mr. Halim.

Mr. Chatterjee accused the Left Front Government of being solely responsible for attacks on his party's leaders and workers. “The violence is being resorted to out of desperation by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and out of its fears of losing the coming Assembly polls in the State due next year.”

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