Kolkata: The All-party meet called by the ruling Trinamool Congress to discuss hooch tragedy, which claimed 171 lives, ended without any consensus as the CPM members staged a walk out demanding that Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Partha Chatterjee takes back his allegations of CPM involvement in the moonshine tragedy.

At the same time, Partha Chatterjee refused to take back his words saying he leveled the allegations in capacity of the TMC general secretary.

The leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Assembly, Suryakant Mishra questioned the credibility of the meeting by saying that on the one hand the government is
calling an All-party meet and on the other it is accusing CPM of wrongdoing in the tragedy. Mishra also staged a walk out from the meeting.

Speaker of the West Bengal Assembly Biman Bandyopadhyay also hit out at the CPM member alleging them of coming to the meet with a planned agenda.

Biman added that he cannot force Partha Chatterjee to take back his allegations.

Launching a tirade against the ruling TMC in the wake of hooch tragedy, Mishra accused the government of administrative bias for removing two excise officials from South 24 Parganas.

He also added that under the CPM rule police used to conduct regular raids to unearth illicit liquor factories, but the cops have stopped taking action against hooch mafias in the present TMC government.

“Previous Left government had fixed the quantity of Methyl in the liquor that made it easier to determine its quality but the TMC government has scrapped that parameter,” Mishra said, alleging that 350 people lost their lives in several accidents in 212 days of the TMC government.

Leaders of SUCI, GJM and Congress among other parties participated in the meeting.

JPN/Bureau