Mamata threatens to quit if fails to prove CPI-M guilty

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday night said that she was ready to quit if she cannot prove that the CPI(M) was misusing central security forces brought for anti-Maoist operations in West Bengal.

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2010, 10:09 AM IST

Kolkata: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee
on Wednesday night said that she was ready to quit if she cannot prove that the CPI(M) was misusing central security forces brought
for anti-Maoist operations in West Bengal.

"The CPI(M) is misusing the central forces. I would
have nothing to say if the central forces were used against
Maoists. If I cannot prove that the central forces are being
misused by the CPI (M), I am ready to quit. Will the CPI(M)
government also do so?" the Trinamool Congress chief told PTI.

The Railway minister said if she could prove that the
central forces were being used, then the Centre would have to
withdraw them from the state.

"Central forces are being used to kill Trinamool
Congress workers in West Bengal. 2,000 workers and supporters
have been killed since the Lok Sabha elections. CPI(M) has
unleashed a reign of terror," she claimed.

Banerjee said that she had met Congress president
Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and apprised them
about the CPI(M)`s terror tactics.

"We have been stating repeatedly that state sponsored
violence is going on. How many times we will have to say this?
Our party met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram 20 times," she
said, adding that Governor M K Narayanan had also given a
report over the political violence to the Centre.

PTI