Karat accuses UPA govt of patronising Mamata and Maoists

The CPI(M) on Friday accused the UPA government of patronising Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and the Maoists to oust the Left Front government from power in the 2011 West Bengal assembly elections in the state.

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2010, 00:25 AM IST

Patna: The CPI(M) on Friday accused the UPA
government of patronising Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee and the Maoists to oust the Left Front government
from power in the 2011 West Bengal assembly elections in the
state.

"The Centre is patronising the TC supremo and the Maoists
to oust the over three decade old Left Front government from
power in next year`s assembly elections," CPI(M) General
Secretary Prakash Karat told a public meeting here.

He alleged that the UPA government was abetting Banerjee
`using Maoists` to kill 170 CPI(M) workers in West Midnapore,
Bankura and Purulia in the state.

Thousands of CPI(M) workers had also been forced to leave
home by armed Maoists apparently to ensure that the Trinamool
Congress-led alliance won the assembly elections, the CPI(M)
leader claimed.

He questioned the Centre`s handling of the Maoist problem
while drawing attention to the Lalgarh rally by the Trinamool
Congress chief where a number of central ministers were also
present.

Claiming that the killing of grassroot CPI(M) workers had
increased in the state since 2008, he alleged that the Centre
was a mute spectator to it.

He alleged that even secessionist forces like the Gorkha
Janmukti Morcha and Kamatapuris were allowed to be roped in by
Banerjee in her bid for power.

Karat, however, said Left workers had launched action to
retrieve lost ground in three naxal-infested districts
bordering Jharkhand.

Warning the Maoists, he said they would soon be driven
out from Lalgarh by his workers and not because central forces
were deployed there. "Lalgarh me Maobadi nahin rah payenge."

He defended the Left front government and cited the
implementation of land reforms, panchayati raj, scientific
education in madarsas, prevalence of communal amity as its
landmark achievements.

No riots took place in West Bengal during the anti-Sikh
riots in late 1984 and post-Babri mosque demolition in Ayodhya
in 1992, Karat said.

The CPI(M) leader said the fight against reactionary and
communal forces would suffer a blow if the Left forces were to
be weakened in the country.

PTI