Kolkata: The CPI-M on Wednesday dismissed as
baseless Union Home Minister P Chidambaram`s claim that there
are camps of armed cadres of the party in West Bengal`s West
Midnapore district and said such statements are a compulsion
of coalition politics.
"It is baseless. The home minister has made the
statement in Delhi simply because of political compulsion and
to divert attention from the Azad controversy," CPI-M central
committee member Md Selim told reporters.
Selim said the CPI-M had set up some camps in the
district to shelter people driven out of homes because
of Maoist atrocities.
Noting that the CPI-M had always advocated that
Maoists should be tackled politically, he said, "These camps
are for meant for refugees."
Maintaining that the resistance to Maoists had largely
succeeded, he said, "Mass resistance to Maoists does not
Maoists, he said, had killed a large number of CPI-M
leaders, workers and common people in the district leading
many to flee their homes.
Over 250 people, including 150 in West Midnapore
district, were killed in the state since the last Lok Sabha
elections, he said.