Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leadership today
met President Pratibha Patil here and demanded for withdrawal
of joint-forces and prohibitory orders from Maoist-affected
Lalgarh and other areas in West Bengal.
"No fruitful results yielded from their deployment and
CPI(M) is using them to expand its base through armed cadre,"
Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Assembly, Partha
Chatterjee told reporters after he and Trinamool chief whip
Sudip Bandopadhyay met the President at the Raj Bhawan here.
"We have also demanded withdrawal of Section 144 in the
Junglemahal which is in force for a year curtailing rights of
all political parties except CPI(M)," he said.
Alleging that the CPI(M) has launched "a joint venture"
with joint-forces in capturing these areas, Chatterjee claimed
that the ruling party in the state has set up 200 armed camps.
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who is also in
charge of Home (Police), is taking no action to check
lawlessness in the state, he claimed.