• Short Summary

    PRO-MARXIST GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES IN WEST BENGAL STAGED A SIT-DOWN DEMONSTRATION ON WEDNESDAY (MARCH 11) AS POLITICAL STRIFE IN THIS INDIAN STATE THREATENED TO ERUPT INTO VIOLENCE.

  • Description

    PRO-MARXIST GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES IN WEST BENGAL STAGED A SIT-DOWN DEMONSTRATION ON WEDNESDAY (MARCH 11) AS POLITICAL STRIFE IN THIS INDIAN STATE THREATENED TO ERUPT INTO VIOLENCE.

    THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, ESTIMATED AT ABOUT 8,000, LAUNCHED THEIR DEMONSTRATION OUTSIDE THE CALCUTTA WAITERS' BUILDING -- THE STATE SECRETARIAT.

    THE PROTEST FOLLOWED A DECISION BY WEST BENGAL'S CHIEF MINISTER, MR. AJOY MUKHERJI, TO RESIGN FROM THE MARXIST-DOMINATED STATE GOVERNMENT IN PROTEST AT AN ALLEGED REIGN OF MARXIST TERROR.

    THE DEMONSTRATING EMPLOYEES ACCUSED THE CHIEF MINISTER OF MANOUVERING TO FORM A NEW GOVERNMENT WITHOUT THE MARXISTS. THEY WARNED THAT IF THIS HAPPENS THEY WOULD PARALYSE THE ADMINISTRATION THROUGHOUT WEST BENGAL. THE EMPLOYEES, WHO CHANTED SLOGANS, ARE STRONG SUPPORTERS OF THE MARXIST FACTION IN THE 14-PARTY STATE COALITION GOVERNMENT OF WEST BENGAL.

    THE MARXIST PARTY REACTED BITTERLY TO THE RESIGNATION OF CHIEF MINISTER MAKHERJI, SAYING IT WAS A BETRAYAL OF THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED THE COALITION UNITED FRONT GOVERNMENT TO POWER. A MARXIST LEADER SAID THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE NOW WAS TO HOLD NEW ELECTIONS, AND CALLED UPON THE PEOPLE OF WEST BENGAL TO PREPARE FOR STRIKES, DEMONSTRATIONS AND MOVEMENTS.

    MEANWHILE AN INDIAN NEWSPAPER, QUOTING RAILWAY PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN NEW DELHI FROM BENGAL, FORECAST THAT THERE WOULD BE AN EXODUS FROM CALCUTTA UNLESS THE SITUATION IMPROVED.

    MR. MAKHERJI TOLD REPORTERS IN CALCUTTA THAT DIRECT RULE BY THE INDIAN PRESIDENT WAS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO THE GROWING LAWLESSNESS IN HIS STATE IF THE UNITED FRONT HE HEADS BREAKS UP.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA83CI5KRQWSL61F075Y4KW9FWX
    Media URN:
    VLVA83CI5KRQWSL61F075Y4KW9FWX
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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