CPI(M) hits out at Centre on Ministers visiting Lalgarh
Last Updated: Friday, August 07, 2009, 17:13
New Delhi: Accusing Union Ministers belonging to Trinamool Congress of "instigating" violence while visiting sensitive areas in West Bengal like Lalgarh, the CPI(M) on Friday asked the Centre and the Congress to clarify their stand on the issue.

"Members of the Union Cabinet are camping in sensitive areas like Lalgarh, where joint operations are going on against Maoists are going on. They are instigating such elements and aiding and abetting violence," CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.

He said while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had himself declared the Maoist threat as the "gravest, ministers of his cabinet are visiting affected areas and instigating violence. The Government and the Congress party should explain how this is happening."

"The Cabinet functions on the basis of collective responsibility. How are some ministers not following the cabinet decisions. Government has to answer," Yechury asked.

Referring to a Chief Ministers' meeting convened by on Maoists violence on August 17, he said the Centre should work with the concerned state governments and evolve coordinated efforts to jointly tackle the problem.

Yechury said the experience of security forces chasing sandalwood smuggler Veerappan for two decades before he was killed "should not be repeated". Veerappan used to shift base from Tamil Nadu to Kerala or Karnataka to flee from the police.

A similar situation is being faced by the anti-Maoist forces in Bengal, Orissa and Jharkhand, he said.

The CPI(M) had earlier accused Trinamool Congress of fomenting violence in West Bengal, saying it was part of its "conspiracy" to create a law and order situation and then demand dismissal of the Left Front government so that assembly elections could be held under central rule.

The party opposed the recent visit of two Union ministers of Trinamool Congress, Mukul Roy and Sisir Adhikari, to Lalgarh, charging them with "inciting" violence, provoking confrontation with security forces undertaking anti-Maoist operations and opposing these operations.

Senior party leader Basudeb Acharia also protested the "continued disturbances" in Lok Sabha by Trinamool MPs whenever CPI(M) members stood up to speak, even when the issue was as important as price rise.

"What is surprising is that these members of the Treasury Bench are continuously creating disturbances, holding up proceedings and getting the House adjourned. This has never happened before. They are also being incited to come to the well of the House," he said.

"We are getting the impression that even the government was not interested in holding a debate on price rise," Acharia said, adding that several instances of Trinamool MPs disturbing Left members occured during the session when debates on crucial issues like price rise, railway budget or the Metro Rail bill were taking place.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, August 07, 2009, 17:13

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