Congress justifies Chidambaram`s letter to WB Govt

Congress justified Home Minister P Chidambaram`s letter to the state government, which questioned the arming of CPI(M) cadres.

Updated: Dec 27, 2010, 22:04 PM IST

New Delhi: Seeking to keep ally Trinamool Congress in good humour ahead of the West Bengal Assembly polls, Congress on Monday justified Home Minister P Chidambaram`s letter to the state government, which questioned the arming of CPI(M) cadres.

"What Home Minister P Chidambaram has said is correct. The Home Minister received reports that the cadres of CPI-M are working as armed militia.

"This is not acceptable in a democracy. Except for agencies, who are responsible for maintaining law and order, nobody can carry illegal arms. Chidambaram stated very clearly to the West Bengal Chief Minister to disarm CPI-M cadres," party spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed told reporters at the AICC briefing.

In his letter, Chidambaram has questioned the West Bengal government on its use of central forces in the state, saying the killing of activists of political parties point to a "virtual collapse" of law and order there.

His letter came in the wake of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee alleging misuse of central security forces in the state and offering to quit if her charge was proved wrong.

A Trinamool delegation had also met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and conveyed their charges about misuse of central security forces in the state.
Accusing the Home Minister with adopting a "partisan approach", the CPI-M today said the purpose of his letter to the West Bengal government on alleged role of armed CPI-M cadres was meant to "serve the political interests of Trinamool Congress".

The party also sought an explanation from him, saying the media was briefed about his letter to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee even before it reached the state government.

Ahmed, however, downplayed the issue saying the party can not say anything which is part of investigative journalism and dismissed CPI-M`s move seeking an explanation from the Home Minister as "absurd".
"We do not agree with CPI-M`s observation (on the issue)," the Congress spokesperson said.

PTI