CPI(M) questions govt`s silence on TMC, Maoists `collaboration`

The CPI(M) Thursday accused the government of keeping silent on, what it called, the "collaboration" between Maoists and Trinamool Congress and warned that such "political opportunism" will have grave consequences for the country.

New Delhi: The CPI(M) Thursday accused the
government of keeping silent on, what it called, the
"collaboration" between Maoists and Trinamool Congress and
warned that such "political opportunism" will have grave
consequences for the country.

"The government has been avoiding a straight forward
answer to the mounting evidence on the open collaboration
between TC and the Maoists, who jointly organised the recent
Lalgarh rally in West Bengal," party leader Sitaram Yechury
told reporters here.

He said the government was yet to return to the House
after ascertaining facts from the Railway Minister about the
presence of Maoists and their supporters in Tuesday`s rally,
as was promised.

"We want the Prime Minister to answer how long this
marriage of convenience will continue. How can the UPA-II
government continue to exist with this contradiction? The
political opportunism of UPA-II will have grave consequences
for national integrity and unity," Yechury said.

"We continue to reiterate that the Prime Minister has
described Maoism as the gravest threat to the nation`s unity,
integrity and internal security, but his Cabinet minister
continues contradicting the government.

"This minister openly says that the operations carried
out by security forces in which Maoist leader Azad was killed
was a fake encounter," the CPI(M) leader said.

He said Maoist leader Kishenji has openly extended
support to TC and termed as "correct" Banerjee`s statement
that it was a fake encounter.

The CBI has also pointed towards Maoist-backed outfit
People`s Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA) for being
involved in sabotaging the tracks which led to the Jnaneswari
Express accident, he said.

On the claims of PCPA that it was part of Trinamool`s
rally in Lalgarh, Yechuri said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
has himself admitted that Maoists are the biggest internal
security threat to the country.

"Now the government should explain how people
supporting Maoists are part of the government," he said.

CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharia said the Maoists had
been "marginalised and Mamata Banerjee`s rally was aimed at
providing them oxygen. Most of the rallyists in Lalgarh belong
to the PCPA as has been witnessed by everyone".

CPI(M) Politburo member Biman Bose too today demanded a statement
from the Prime Minister on how Mamata held a rally at Lalgarh `with those
responsible for the sabotage of the Jnaneswari Express`.

"The Prime Minister should state how a minister of his
Cabinet can hold a meeting with those responsible for the
sabotage of the Jnaneswari Express. The people of the country
want an answer. The Prime Minister should answer," Bose said.

"Everyone knows that Trinamool Congress and Maoists
organised a joint meeting at Lalgarh. The overground
organisation of Maoists, People`s Committee Against Police
Atrocities, mobilised people at Lalgarh as also the Trinamool
Congress," he said in a press statement.

PTI

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