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KOLKATA: In the wake of raids on the Communist Party of India (Marxist) party offices from where illegal weapons have been seized, West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) president Manas Bhunia said here on Tuesday that he stood vindicated on his stand of the need for combing operations for seizure of illegal arms.
Dr. Bhunia, who has been appointed Minister for Irrigation and Waterways, Micro and Small Scale Enterprise and Textiles, demanded that the State government take necessary action on the seizure of weapons.
“If members of any political party were to get involved in the process of seizing arms, it may lead to a civil war-like situation,” Dr. Bhunia said, reiterating that only police should conduct such raids.
Dr. Bhunia, who left for Delhi in the evening, said the All-India Congress Committee was in the process of finalising the list of Congress MLAs who will be appointed as Ministers of State in Ms. Banerjee's Council of Ministers.
Asked to comment on the Chief Minister's remarks that there had been no political violence in the State after the results of the election were announced on May 13, Dr. Bhunia said he fully agreed with her.
“There would have been a huge bloodbath in West Bengal if the CPI(M) had come to power,” he said.
Expressing sorrow over deaths that have occurred, Dr. Bhunia said the violence would have been a thousand times more if the CPI(M)-led Left Front government had returned to power.
He also said the recovery of sophisticated firearms, including a rifle that had been looted during an attack on a camp of Eastern Frontier Rifles in Paschim Medinipur district last year, raised question about the role of the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee-led administration.
“It can be assumed that the previous government's Chief Minister and Home Minister [Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee] suppressed the administration in order to protect the interests of his party,” Dr. Bhunia said.
He said he had raised the issue with Mr. Bhattacharjee and with West Bengal Governor M. K. Narayanan, but the police had denied it, which had resulted in a serious deterioration of the law and order situation.
Dr. Bhunia also announced that the Congress would be holding a massive rally in the city to thank the people of West Bengal for the way they voted in the recent polls. It will also be an occasion to generate awareness about the Central schemes of the UPA government.
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