Arrest me if I have links with Maoists: Mamata
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 03, 2009, 21:56
Nandigram: With CPI(M) accusing the Trinamool Congress of having links with Maoists, its chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday dared the West Bengal government to arrest her if the charge is true.

"The government should arrest me if I have any link with Maoists. I challenge them," Banerjee told a public meeting here at Sonachura here.

She said "we don't want to oust CPI-M through imposition of President's rule. The people will do so through democratic means."

Banerjee, who visited Nandigram for the first time after assuming charge as Railway minister claimed, "the Marxist government will be wiped out in the next assembly election in the state".

She accused the Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of being the leader of both Maoists and Marxists.

"He is the biggest threat to democracy. The state is witnessing a joint venture between Maoists and Marxists".

"The government had given free passage to six Maoists in Nandigram in 2007 and TC leader Nishikanta Mondal was killed by Maoists at behest of CPI(M) last month," she alleged.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 03, 2009, 21:56

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