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Bengal minister calls for treating CPI-M members like snakes

Kolkata A West Bengal minister today asked Trinamool Congress activists to treat supporters of CPI-M like snakes sneaking into one's room.

"What will you do to a snake if it sneaks into your room?  Similar treatment should be meted out to CPI-M," Food Minister and Trinamool leader Jyotipriya Mullick told a party meeting at Birati in North 24 Parganas district.

Mr Mullick's provocative comment echoed the remark made by Trinamool MP Subhendu Adhikary last month at Khejuri in East Midnapore district, asking party workers to socially boycott CPI-M leaders and treat them like snakes.

He described the CPI-M as "the worst political party, whose leaders have to be smeared with black paint as people have rejected them".

He asked the CPI-M leaders not to dare hold party meetings anymore as "people may beat them up and we have nothing to do in the event of that happening. People will not spare them if they commit any excess".

He even went to the extent of naming CPI-M leaders Prakash Karat, Sitaram Yechury and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee "who should be boycotted by the people".

Mr Mullick also attacked the Congress calling it "a foolish party".

The Trinamool leader advised the CPI-M leadership to change their leaders if they wanted to "survive in politics".
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