Political compulsions behind clean chit to Banerjee: CPIM

Last Updated: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 18:08

New Delhi: CPI(M) today attacked Finance
Minister Pranab Mukherjee for giving a clean chit to Railway
Minister Mamata Banerjee for her remarks on Maoist leader
Azad`s death, saying the Congress leader was bound by
political compulsions.

"Being a junior partner of Trinamool in West Bengal, he
is trying to defend the indefensible. The Finance Minister is
bound by political compulsions," senior CPM leader Brinda
Karat told reporters outside Parliament.

In Kolkata yesterday, Mukherjee had said that Banerjee
advocating talks with the Maoists doesn`t mean she has links
with them.

He had also said though the Railway Minister was part of
the UPA, her party could have independent thinking on issues.

Commenting on the matter, CPM General Secretary Sitaram
Yechury said, "the Prime Minister should tell why he is saying
that Maoist violence is the biggest threat to the internal
security of the country. He should say that whatever he has
said is wrong and what Banerjee said is right."

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 18:08
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