Buddha hits back: PCs view of state far from impartial

Written by Political Bureau | Kolkata | Updated: Dec 30 2010, 06:33am hrs
Chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday sent a stinging reply to Union Home Minister P Chidambarams letter to him on armed CPM cadres in the state, saying his assessment of the law and order situation in the state was far from an impartial overview.

He also questioned the use of the word hamrad for CPM cadres in Chidambarams letter, saying he seemed to have done so without realising the meaning of the nasty coinage by the Trinamool Congress.

The CM mentions the fact that the letter, sent by Chidambaram on December 21, reached the media five days before it made it to Writers Buildings, in the very first line of his reply. Bhattacharjee himself released copies of his reply to the media today.

Your assessment of the situation in the state of West Bengal is surprising and is far from an impartial overview of the situation. Maoists have spread from across the bordering states and with the help of a small section of the local people are creating problem in 28 police stations in three districts of West Bengal. They are trying to create their own area of dominance. They are indiscriminately killing political opponents and even innocent people. They are attacking police stations, police camps and looting arms. They are also engaged in large-scale extortions and unlawful activities, Bhattacharjees letter to Chidambaram says.

The CM refuted Chidambarams figures on the number of political killings in the state. The Union Home Minister had written that while the political violence had left 96 TMC members dead, the number of CPM cadres killed numbered 65. According to Bhattacharjee, the CPM and its allies trying their best to resist Maoists had lost more than 170 of their workers and leaders.

As regards political clashes... 32 Trinamool supporters have been killed and 601 have suffered injuries while the CPM lost 69 of their supporters and 723 were injured. Indian National Congress has lost one of their supporters.

Bhattarcharjee adds that he agrees that the situation is not ideal. I am trying my best to stop these senseless killings. I have repeatedly appealed to all opposition parties to cooperate. All parties except Trinamool Congress have come forward to cooperate... I am trying to disarm and demobilise all armed forces engaged in violence.

The CM also talks about the success achieved by joint forces in LWE areas. You are fully aware of these activities of the Maoists... In recent times, State and Central Police have achieved major successes. Peace and normalcy have been restored in vast areas...Trinamool Congress which was earlier maintaining secret contacts with Maoist leaders and outfits is now openly organising meetings with them.