Chidambaram invites Buddhadeb for talks

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 1 2011, 04:44am hrs
Union home minister P Chidambaram on Thursday sent not one but two letters in response to West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee slamming his assessment of the law and order situation in the state, while inviting him for a meeting to discuss the Maoist issue.

Bhattacharjee had called Chidambarams assessment of the situation in the state as a far from impartial overview in a reply to the home ministers previous letter sent on December 21. With that letter only making it to Writers Buildings by December 27, Chidambarams letters to Kolkata today were both faxed as well as sent by speed post, a home ministry statement specified. The home minister has invited the Chief Minister of West Bengal to Delhi at his earliest convenience to discuss the subject and agree upon the way forward, the statement added.

In a strongly worded reply, Bhattacharjee had taken strong exception to use of the word harmad (hired killers) in the communication sent by Chidambaram, while asking the Left Front government to disarm CPM cadres. Your assessment of the situation in the state is far from an impartial overview of the situation, he said.