New Delhi: Charging Trinamool Congress with
patronising and protecting Maoists, the CPI(M) on Thursday demanded
a thorough probe into the holding up of the Rajdhani Express
in West Bengal and asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to
explain the role of central ministers in this regard.
Alleging that Trinamool leader and Union Minister of State
Sisir Adhikari had "boasted to the media that he had prior
knowledge that such an attack would take place," the party
demanded that the Prime Minister "needs to probe the source of
such `knowledge` by his ministerial colleague and inform the
Senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said Railway Minister
Mamata Banerjee`s first reaction to the incident was that
CPI(M) cadres had blocked the train "to malign her", a
statement "typical of the usual hyperbole and absurdity".
"However, when the graffiti exposed the perpetrators of
this outrage as belonging to the Maoists, she expressed her
desire for a dialogue and even conveyed to those holding the
train hostage to suggest a venue," he said in an editorial in
party organ `People`s Democracy`.
Observing that Trinamool has for long been seeking
withdrawal of central forces carrying out anti-Maoist
operations in Bengal, he said "it is precisely due to this
political collaboration between the two that the Trinamool,
till we go to press, has not condemned this Maoist outrage of
stopping and damaging the train."
"Ironically, such blatant support for the Maoists and
their terrorist activities come from a party that is in that
very Union Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister who on
repeated occasions had stated that Maoist violence constitutes
the gravest threat to India`s internal security.
"The tragedy for the country is that this UPA government
is continuing, displaying no discomfort, despite such a
blatant contradiction. The Prime Minister owes an explanation
to the country on this score," Yechury said.
He said the graffiti on the train was "scripted by no
hapless tribal but by someone well-heeled" to demand the
release of Chhatradhar Mahato, leader of the Maoist-backed
People`s Action Committee against Police Atrocities who was
earlier "a local Trinamool leader".
"The self-declared and publicity hungry spokesman of the
Maoists, Kishenji, had earlier declared to the media that the
Maoists wish to see Mamata Banerjee as the future Chief
Minister of Bengal.
"He has also suggested that as they had helped the
Trinamool earlier in Nandigram and now in Lalgarh, they expect
the Trinamool to return the favour.
"Clearly, this has once again confirmed that the Maoists
began their operations in Bengal under the political patronage
and protection provided by the Trinamool," the CPI(M) leader