Centre must spell out its stand on TC-Maoists tie up: CPM

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) today demanded the Centre should spell out its views on "joint collaboration" between the Trinamool Congress and the outlawed Maoists in West Bengal.

Updated: Aug 08, 2010, 17:50 PM IST

Vijayawada: The Communist Party of India
(Marxist) today demanded the Centre should spell out its views
on "joint collaboration" between the Trinamool Congress and
the outlawed Maoists in West Bengal.

"We would like to know whether the Centre finds the
Trinamool Congress-Maoists collaboration compatible with its
fight against the outlaws.

"Union Home Minister P Chidambaram says there is no
proof of collaboration between the TC and Maoists but the
proposed rally in Lalgarh tomorrow exposes their tie up," CPM
general secretary Prakash Karat said here today.

Briefing newsmen about the ongoing discussions at the
Extended Central Committee meeting of the CPM here, Karat said
Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee and also some Union
Ministers of State were scheduled to take part in the Lalgarh
rally which has the "support and full backing" of the Maoists.

Though the Trinamool Congress claimed it was a
non-political rally, its joint collaboration with the Maoists
has been clearly exposed. he charged.

"We would like to know from the Centre how it views
this joint collaboration as one Union Cabinet Minister and
some Ministers of State are going to take part in the Lalgarh
rally. Now, the question is what is the Government of India`s
stand on this," Karat questioned.

Referring to West Bengal, the CPM general secretary
said their target was the Trinamool Congress. "Trinamool is
the main target for us. Congress is only a junior partner in
the alliance and not the main force that is attacking us,"
Karat said.

PTI