Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s final fatal blow to the government’s Lokpal Bill found repercussions in the CPI-M’s blame charging her of adopting double standard on the legislation.

CPI-M central committee member Mohammed Salim said, “CPI-M is the only party to raise the Centre-state relationship demanding more power and flexibility to the state. TMC’s opportunistic politics has been exposed now. When TMC was in Opposition, Mamata Banerjee deliberately attempted several times to bring instability in the Left government. She also demanded removal of the Left Front government by imposing Article 356 and 355 unnecessarily with the help of the Centre.”

“The Chief Minister didn’t consider our (Left) ideas of appointing a Lokayukta. The Left Front always followed the Centre’s directions over the appointment of a Lokayukta. Left Front is against this apparent intervention of Centre into this matter,” Salim said.

Notably, after Mamata opposed the government’s decision to allow 51 percent FDI in multi-brand retails sector, the tussle between the Congress and the TMC now has escalated once again over the Lokpal Bill.

(JPN/Bureau)