CPI-M accuses Chidambaram of adopting partisan approach

The CPI(M) Monday said the purpose of Chidambaram`s letter to the West Bengal government on alleged role of armed CPI(M) cadres was meant to "serve the political interests of Trinamool Congress".

Last Updated: Dec 27, 2010, 15:28 PM IST

New Delhi: Charging Home Minister P
Chidambaram with adopting a "partisan approach", the CPI(M) Monday 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.

"The media is fully briefed about the letter even
before the Chief Minister gets it. This shows that the purpose
of the letter is to serve the political interests of the
Trinamool Congress which is part of the Union Government," the
CPI(M) Politburo said in a statement here.

It said the media reported in detail the contents of
the letter sent by the Minister "regarding the alleged role of
armed cadres of the CPI(M). .... However, such a letter was
not received by the Chief Minister till three days later on
December 27".
Maintaining that the media was briefed about its
contents of the letter on December 24, the party said, "This
is a strange way of communication between the Union Home
Minister and the Chief Minister of a state."

The CPI(M) said that the Union Home Minister owed "an
explanation for this partisan approach".

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 ally 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 TC delegation had also met Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh and conveyed to him their charges about misuse
of central security forces in the state.

PTI