Buddhadeb meets PM, discusses Maoist problem

The issue of adopting a holistic approach involving several states to tackle the Maoist menace is understood to have come up for discussion between PM Manmohan Singh and West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee here Tuesday.

New Delhi: The issue of adopting a
holistic approach involving several states to tackle the
Maoist menace is understood to have come up for discussion
between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and West Bengal Chief
Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee here Tuesday.

Bhattacharjee, who had an almost 30 minute meeting
with the Prime Minister at Parliament House this morning, is
understood to have raised the issue of political support being
allegedly given to the Maoists in his state.

The Chief Minister, however, refused to divulge
anything about his discussions with Singh.

His meeting came on a day when Left MPs in Lok Sabha
raised the issue of alleged links between a Minister of State
and an arms dealer in Bangladesh, a charge denied by the
Minister and his party, the Trinamool Congress.

Bhattacharjee has expressed concern over regular
instances of the Maoists carrying out attacks in West Bengal
and escaping to the jungles of neighbouring Jharkhand.

He has earlier said that the joint security operations
currently on in Bengal would not have much effect if similar
operations are not carried out in Jharkhand and bordering
Orissa as well.

The Chief Minister is also advocating greater
cooperation between the Centre and his government in carrying
out developmental activities in the extremist-affected areas.
He has been saying that a majority of the local
populace were living in fear of the Maoists who were not
allowing them to carry out their normal day-to-day activities.

Bhattacharjee is here to attend the CPI(M)`s Politburo
meeting today.

PTI

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