Cant come to Delhi between Jan 3 & 7: Buddha tells PC

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 1 2011, 07:48am hrs
West Bengal chief minister Buddadeb Bhattacharya has expressed his inability to come to Delhi on dates suggested by home minister P Chidambaram for a meeting to discuss law and order situation in the state, as the two continued to engage a war of words through exchange of letters.

Chidambaram had suggested that Bhattacharya come to Delhi any day between January 3 and 7 next year to discuss the situation in the state. "I think it is desirable that we meet again and discuss this extremely sensitive issue. I am available in Delhi from the evening of January 3, 2011 to January 7, 2011. I shall be extremely grateful if you could kindly visit Delhi during one of those days so that we could have a frank discussion on the subject and agree upon the way forward," Chidambaram had written in a letter sent to Bhattacharya on Thursday.

The West Bengal chief minister responded the same day saying he would not be able to come to Delhi on those dates. "I will try to go to Delhi as early as possible and will inform you beforehand," he said in a letter.

The two have exchanged some angry letters in the last few days. Chidambaram had started it with a strongly-worded letter in which he pulled up the state government for its failure to control political violence. Bhattacharya replied in equal measure saying the Home Minister was not being fair to the state government.

Chidambaram on Thursday sent two more letters, clarifying some of the points raised by Bhattacharya and inviting him for a meeting in Delhi.