Kolkata: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram slammed Left Front government in West Bengal stating that it was the worst governed state in the country.

He blamed CPI-M for spreading violence and turning the state into a "killing field".

"I squarely blame the CPI-M and its cadres for procuring arms and spreading violence and turning the state into a killing field," he said.

He also said that the state’s finances were in a "precarious" condition.

Chidambaram, who was here to campaign for the Congress-Trinamool Congress combine, said, "For the last two to four months I have been bringing to the notice of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his colleagues that law and order is deteriorating."

However, the chief minister was in a state of denial and the 'bubble' burst when Netai (where nine people were killed) occurred, he added.

Seventy-five constituencies will go to polls on Wednesday in the state in the third phase of assembly election which is crucial for the Congress-Trinamool alliance.

Chidambaram said that since 2004 revenues of all states had increased and no state had to resort to overdraft for the last four to five years, the only exception being West Bengal. "It is one of the debt-stressed states where the tax-GDP ratio is the lowest among general category states.''

"The present government cannot improve upon that, but will make it only worse. Only a new government with new energy and new thinking will help the state turn around. I look forward to a new government coming in Bengal and assume office in a month's time. I have come here to offer my advance congratulation to the people of the state to bring about a change," he said

Courage of officials on Godhra positive

Reacting over the charges leveled by a senior cop of Gujarat against CM Narendra Modi, the Home Minister said it was a positive development that officials and people in Gujarat were showing courage to speak up on the Godhra carnage.

He singled out senior IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt for the courage in coming up with his affidavit that alleged that Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi had "allowed Hindus to vent their anger" in the 2002 clashes.

The affidavit reportedly stated that Modi had in a meeting on February 27, 2002 expressed the view that "rioters be allowed to vent their anger".

Chidambaram said, "I think that these allegations have been in the air for some time. Now people are having the courage to speak up."

The Home Minister said that Bhatt had earlier made the statement before SIT, but there was not much effect.     

‘Don’t dignify WikiLeaks’

Speaking on the veracity of diplomatic cables exposed by WikiLeaks, Chidambaram said he did not wish to "dignify" the contents of the WikiLeaks cables and that certain persons who had sent them  have "privately apologised" to him for the damage caused.

"I do not wish to dignify the Wikileaks cables," he told reporters when asked about Left Front chairman Biman Bose's allegation quoting US cables that Washington wished to cultivate Trinamool Congress as it could come to power in West Bengal.

Noting that the cables were not minutes of a meeting, but only one person's understanding of a situation, Chidambaram said, "Many of these authors have very poor understanding. We should not dignify these.”

JPN/Agencies