CPI-M attacks Mamata in LS

CPI(M) attacked Mamata for maintaining contradictory stand on Naxalites while in opposition and in power in West Bengal.

Updated: Aug 14, 2012, 17:18 PM IST

New Delhi: CPI(M) on Tuesday attacked Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for maintaining contradictory stand on Naxalites while in opposition and in power in West Bengal and said deployment of security forces would not check the menace.

Participating in a discussion on increasing Naxalite and Maoist activities in the country in the Lok Sabha, Basudeb Acharia alleged that when Banerjee was was in the opposition in West Bengal, she had demanded with withdrawal of security forces from affected areas.

"After becoming Chief Minister, her first statement was to demand sending of central forces to Jungle Mahal," he said.

He said despite a statement by then Home Minister P Chidambaram that Maoist leader Azad was killed in an encounter, Banerjee demanded a judicial probe doubting the government`s version.

Acharia said when then West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and then Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan survived an attack, there was "no word of condemnation" from the Trinamool chief.
He said such a problem has to be tackled unitedly as it was a national issue.
Referring to the arrest of a person in the state a couple of days ago for allegedly questioning Banerjee on high fertiliser rates, he claimed the Chief Minister dubbed him as a "Maoist".

Referring to the recent encounter in Chhattisgarh, he said the Centre was speaking in two voices. While then Home Minister P Chidambaram termed it as an encounter, Tribal Affairs Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo doubted the incident as no weapons were found near the bodies.

He apprehended that tribals could be used as a shield by Maoists in their fight against security forces.