WB Govt rubbishes report on Buddha speaking to Kisanji

Kolkata: The West Bengal government on Tuesday rubbished a report that Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee had informed Maoist leader Kisanji that he was 'forced' to give his consent to the joint operations at Lalgarh.

The report, which claimed that Bhattacharjee had received a phone call from Kisanji 10 days ago and the chief minister had informed the Maoist leader about his forced consent to the operation, is 'totally untrue', the chief minister's secretariat said in a release.

It said that the Chief Minister neither telephoned the Maoist leader nor received any call from him as reported by The Statesman's Bengali edition today.

"There is no question of contacting that person either by telephone or other means," it said.

According to the report, the chief minister told Kisanji that he was compelled to give consent to the joint operation at Lalgarh under pressure from Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and the party (CPI-M).

Bureau Report