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Maoists must be stopped at the border: Buddhadeb

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 00:23

Kolkata: With Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh identifying Maoists as the biggest internal security
threat, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee
on Monday said they must be stopped at the state borders.

"This menace has to be stopped at the border itself,"
Bhattacherjee, who is the CPI(M) Politburo member, told a May
30 civic election meeting here.
He alleged that when the Prime Minister was calling
the Maoists the biggest internal threat, the Trinamool
Congress which was a UPA ally, was helping the ultras in West

Without naming Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee, he said "She is denying that Maoists don`t exist in
West Bengal. She is also opposing anti-Maoist operations in
Lalgarh. Why is she saying so? Does she want to shield the
Bhattacherjee who also took a swipe at Banerjee`s
performance as Railway minister claiming that rail services
were deteriorating with lack of safety and security, while
poor quality food was being served to passengers.

On the Prime Minister expressing confidence of
bringing inflation down to 5-6 per cent by December,
Bhattahcejree said he did not mention a word about food
inflation which was now at 16.5 percent.


First Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 00:23
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