Buddhadeb, Mamata take war of words to Junglemahal

The war of words between Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday touched a new low with the chief minister alleging she was a `liar`.

Last Updated: Oct 30, 2010, 20:15 PM IST

Bankura/Purulia (WB): The war of words
between Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Trinamool Congress chief
Mamata Banerjee on Saturday touched a new low with the chief
minister alleging she was a `liar` and the Trinamool Congress
chief accusing him of being responsible for spurt in Maoist
activities.

"The CBI found that the Maoists were behind Jnaneswari
Express derailment but she blamed it on CPI-M. She is a liar
and her party is one of liars," the chief minster told a
rally in Bankura district.
Stating that the Trinamool Congress chief, who is the
Railway Minister was flagging off trains daily, he said "she
is flagging off trains every day and telling people lies. We
have to drive out Trinamool Congress."

He also accused Trinamool Congress of having a nexus with
Maoists who were creating trouble in ultra-affected pockets of
the districts of Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore
collectively known as `junglemahal`.

"Bankura district in junglemahal is facing a
dangerous situation which it did not do earlier. The Maoists
and Trinamool Congress are colluding to create trouble here,"
Bhattacharjee said.

In adjoining Purulia district, the Trinamool Congress
chief told a rally "if there is a spurt in Maoist activities
in the state, you (Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee) are responsible
for it because you are in the government. You are also
responsible for dacoity and sabotage."

She alleged when the poor people in Purulia, Bankura and
Midnapore districts demanded food, they were dubbed as Maoists
by the state government.
The TC supremo also claimed CPIM`s new strategy was to
raise the bogey of Maoists before elections to hoodwink the
people and ridiculed the state govenment`s demand for more
central forces.

She said that during 34 years of Left Front rule, there
was no employment and the people in Purulia had not got 100
days work while there was no drinking water or irrigation
facilities.

The TC chief said if her party came to power in the
state, it would work for the development and set up a
university and engineering and medical colleges in Purulia
district.

PTI