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Mamata threatens defamation case against WB CM

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 00:17

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee on Monday threatened to file a defamation case against
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for
claiming that her party was hand-in-glove with Maoists.

"How can he say that Trinamool Congress is acting as
spotters of Maoists? While we will fight this kind of
accusation politically, at the same I am telling Kalyan
(Banerjee, party MP) you can go ahead and file defamation
proceedings against this falsehood," Banerjee told a party
rally here.

Banerjee, who led a huge procession from College
Street in North Kolkata to Esplanade in the heart of the city,
said her party followed the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and was
against the Maoists.

"We have said not once, but a thousand times that we
have no link with Maoists. We are not supporters of the
philosphy of Leninism. We are, however, ready to accept
postive and pro-people aspects of all philosophies," she said
referring to the chief minister`s rally at Debra in West
Midnapore yesterday.

Terming the Chief Minister`s remarks as
"irresponsible" and "instigating", she claimed that this had
led to the death in a Maoist ambush of four EFR personnel at
Gidney in West Midnapore last night.

"Because of the irresponsible statement of the chief
minister four people died. Why can`t the chief minister speak
about peace? His mishandling has led to such a situation,"
Banerjee said.

Pitching again for withdrawal of anti-Maoist
operations in West Midnapore by joint forces, the Railways
Minister said it should be inquired as to whether the killing
was the handiwork of Maoists or the CPI(M). "Whoever did it
has done wrong," she added.

She alleged there were instances of CPI(M) cadre
donning the uniform of the police and EFR to indulge in
violence as evident in Nandigram, where 14 people were killed
in police firing on March 14, 2007, and other places.

CPI(M) cadre were also procuring arms from the state
armoury for use against political rivals, she alleged.

Challenging the Chief Minister to take a referendum on
who was siding with the Maoists, she claimed that the CPI(M)
had unleashed terror on her party supporters and workers.

"This government is afraid of facing the mandate of
the people. They want to cling to power through autocratic
means and terror. The Left parties have lost the confidence of
the people after suffering defeat in the Lok Sabha elections."

Claiming that the state government did not know how to
tackle problems in Lalgarh and in Darjeeling, she said, "I
would have solved the problems within three seconds."

She said she was going to Delhi where she would speak
with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and other central
ministers on the situation prevailing in the state.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 00:17
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