"West Bengal is going through its worst phase of crime incidents, and recent statements emanated by some ministers in the Mamata Banerjee Cabinet reflects patronage to the criminal elements," Karat told a gathering as the party marked "Save Democracy Day".

Claiming that thirty Left cadres had been killed in the recent panchayat elections in the state, she said, "It's the first time in Bengal's history that women are feeling insecure."

Hailing the erstwhile Jyoti Basu regime for its "successful land reforms and functioning of panchayat institutions", Brinda claimed Bengal had been an example for panchayat functioning and "now the Trinamool has made mockery of the grassroots democratic institution".

(Agencies)

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