Chidambaram invites Bhattacharjee to discuss situation in WB

Home Minister P Chidambaram has invited WB CM Buddhadeb to discuss law & order situation in the state.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2010, 14:15 PM IST

New Delhi: A day after West Bengal Chief
Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee slammed Home Minister P
Chidambaram`s assessment of the law and order situation in the
state as "far from an impartial overview", the latter on Thursday
invited him for a meet in Delhi.

Chidambaram dispatched two letters today addressing
Chatterjee, as a reply to the Chief Minister`s December 28
communication.

"Both letters have been faxed as well as sent by speed
post," a Home Ministry statement said.

"The Home Minister has invited the Chief Minister of
West Bengal to Delhi at his earliest convenience to discuss
the subject and agree upon the way forward," the statement
said.

Bhattacharjee, in a strongly-worded reply to
Chidambaram`s letter last week, had taken strong exception to
use of the word `harmad` (hired killers) in the communication
while asking the Left Front government to disarm CPI(M)
cadres.

"Your assessment of the situation in the state is
surprising and is far from an impartial overview of the
situation," he had said.

The Chief Minister had sarcastically described the
Home Minister`s letter sent on December 21 as `secret` after
he and the CPI-M took umbrage at the apparent leak of its
contents before it could reach him. He said the letter was
received on Monday.

Chidambaram`s earlier letter had asked the state
government to disarm CPI-M cadres. He had questioned the West
Bengal government on its use of central forces in the state,
saying the killing of activists of political parties point to
a "virtual collapse" of law and order there.

Admitting that it was not a happy situation,
Bhattacharjee had said, "I am trying to disarm and demobilise
all armed groups engaged in violence in some pockets in the
state."

PTI