Forward Bloc demands Chidambaram`s removal
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 21:45
Kolkata: Continuing pressure on the Centre over the letter issue, West Bengal's ruling Left Front partner Forward Bloc on Wednesday demanded that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sack Home Minister P Chidambaram as he had crossed "all constitutional limits".

"The Union Cabinet headed by the Prime Minister must take the responsibility whether such a letter was written under its direction, otherwise he should be sacked," All India General Secretary, Forward Bloc, Debabrata Biswas told a press conference here.

"The Union Home Minister's letter is deplorable in content, approach, language, mode of dispatch and leak to the media. He has crossed all constitutional limits," Biswas said.

Taking exception to the use of the word 'harmad' in the letter, Biswas said "it is the same language continuously used by the Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee."

"We wonder whether the Union Home Minister has also got credible reports about the Maoist-Trinamool joint programmes in their political game against the Left leaders and workers in West Bengal," he said.

Claiming that Chidambaram had "destroyed" the Centre- state relations, Biswas said he would speak to CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat and CPI leader A B Bardhan for a campaign to protest against Chidambaram's letter.

Responding to a question, Biswas said his party wanted that there should be people's resistance in villages in Maoist -affected districts instead of solely depending on the police.

"They must protect themselves. Resistance groups comprising villagers should be formed and armed with bows and arrows to counter the Maoists," Biswas said.

Asked whether the Left Front government was failing to tackle Maoists, he said that there were some intelligence failures and lapses in dealing with ultras in the state.


First Published: Wednesday, December 29, 2010, 21:45

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