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CPI(M) not to succumb to politics of terror, says Yechury


New Delhi: CPI(M) on Saturday claimed that violence has been “unprecedented” in West Bengal with seven of its party workers “killed” since the onset of the Assembly elections, and said it will not succumb to such “politics of terror” and will put up greater resistance.

“The violence has been unprecedented in West Bengal. So far seven of our workers have died – four in the third phase and three earlier. The more violence they will perpetrate, the greater will be the resistance by the people. We will meet the challenge. Intimidation will not work as far as the CPI-M is concerned,” party general secretary Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.

Emphasising that the party will not “succumb to this politics of terror”, he said such violence cannot happen unless it is “patronised” by the ruling dispensation.

“Our resistance will not be through their (Trinamool’s) method of using bombs. It will be the collective pressure of the people. Democratic pressure has succeeded so far,” Yechury said when asked about the mechanism for putting up resistance.

On the Narada sting operation, he alleged that it could not have happened without the patronisation of the party leadership.

“Tell your Chief Minister that if in a family of twenty, two have done wrong and the mother doesn’t control them then this will happen. She is patronising them. Without the patronage of the leader, this couldn’t have happened,” Yechury said adding that Banerjee has “virtually admitted” that her partymen took money.

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