New Delhi: The CPI(M) today mocked at
Trinamool Congress for demanding central forces to prevent the
Left party from allegedly smuggling illegal arms, saying it
was strange as it has so far been seeking withdrawal of the
same forces from the state.
"Earlier they were demanding withdrawal of central
security forces and stopping of joint security operations
against Maoists. Now, they want central forces to be sent.
Where is the logic," CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told
Terming as "baseless and rubbish" Trinamool Congress (TC)
charges that CPI(M) was mobilising illegal arms fearing defeat
in the upcoming assembly polls, he said, "if arms are being
illegally brought in from abroad, they (TC) are in the central
government. Let them raise it in the Cabinet."
Yechury`s comments came after TC MPs staged a protest in
the Parliament House complex alleging that the Left Front
government was smuggling illegal arms from Bangladesh, Nepal
and China. They also demanded sending of central forces to
capture these illegal arms from CPI(M) offices in West Bengal.
Asked to comment on TC chief and Railway Minister Mamata
Banerjee`s statement that her comment on Maoist leader Azad`s
death was made in personal capacity, Yechury shot back "if she
had gone to the Lalgarh rally (where she had made the
statement) in her personal capacity, then why did she take the
Railway Protection Force?"
Banerjee had termed as "murder" the death of Azad in a
police encounter and had described the Maoist leader as a
"martyr" and "it is all there on TV channels", he said.
Yechury said it was unfortunate that "the political
opportunism of the UPA government for having numbers in the
Lok Sabha" was allowing "completely contradictory" stand
between TC and the government to continue, adversely affecting
national unity and integrity.
"How tenable is the Union (Railway) Minister`s stand when
the Prime Minister has called Maoists the gravest threat to
national unity and integrity?
"It is a complete contradictory position vis-a-vis that
of the government. If that is the stated position of Trinamool
which is a partner in the government, then it is a question of
constitutional impropriety," the CPI(M) leader said.
Regarding TC`s demand for privilege against Rajya Sabha
Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley for his speech attacking
Banerjee on the Maoist issue, Yechury said "instead of a
privilege notice, they have addressed a letter to the (Rajya
Sabha) Deputy Chairman. They know very well that it will not
be accepted as such a notice has to be moved to the Chairman.
So, it is only thundering and posturing by TC".