Adhir Chowdhury, Baba Ramdev support Mamata

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has received support from an unexpected quarter -- Congress MP and party strongman in Murshidabad district Adhir Chowdhury.

Last Updated: Dec 24, 2010, 13:37 PM IST

Berhampore/Burdwan: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has received support from an unexpected quarter -- Congress MP and party strongman in Murshidabad
district Adhir Chowdhury.

Chowdhury, who had held a `rail roko` blockade during Banerjee`s railway programme at Sagardighi in Murshidabad district on December 15, echoed the TC chief by saying that
the central forces deployed in the state for anti-Maoist operations were being misused by the CPI(M).

He, however, said he did not favour their withdrawal. The anti-Maoist operations by central forces were on in many states and not only in West Bengal, he told reporters at his
residence in Berhampore yesterday.

"But in West Bengal some police officers are misleading the central security forces at the behest of CPI(M) leaders," Chowdhury said.

He said he had asked Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram to take action to stop the misuse of central security forces.

On December 22, Banerjee, the railway minister, had said she was ready to quit if she could not prove that the CPI(M) was misusing central security forces deployed for
anti-Maoist operations in the state.

She reiterated her charge yesterday but did not speak about quitting.

In Burdwan, yoga guru Baba Ramdev said Mamata Banerjee`s leadership would be a boon for West Bengal.

"Mamata is honest, she has struggled against corruption and atrocities. I am for political change in West Bengal and Mamata should be given a chance. It is West Bengal which will gain," he said at Alampur yesterday.

He said though he had Left leanings, he was a believer in god, while the Marxists were atheists while some leaders were steeped in corruption.

Ramdev said he would support the Trinamool Congress and ask his followers to do so for the party`s fight against corruption.

PTI