Hold CPI(M) to account for CPI(Maoist): Mamata

Written by Raghvendra Rao | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 27 2009, 03:47am hrs
In a meeting with the prime minister primarily scheduled to discuss the forthcoming Rail Budget, Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee seized the opportunity to make her point on Lalgarh. I have informed the Prime Minister. I have done my job, she said after the meeting.

Calling the Lalgarh siege a face saving formula of the state government, Mamata said the episode had been orchestrated by the West Bengal government to provide oxygen to its cadres after having lost the peoples mandate.

Alleging negligence during the operations in Lalgarh, Mamata said the Central forces were committing atrocities on the people. She even said that the Centre had been trapped by the Buddhadeb Bhattacharya government into making the Central Paramilitary Forces available for joint operations in Lalgarh.

I told my feelings about Lalgarh to the PM. I asked him, did we not have any information on what was happening there Mamata said. She also told the PM that it was embarrassing to see that the state government had registered FIRs against people like filmmaker Aparna Sen who had gone to Lalgarh to assess the situation.

There was no Section 144 imposed there. These people also have fundamental rights, she said.

Maoists are a creation of the CPM and the CPM commits atrocities in the name of Maoists. Since 2000, this area has been captured by the CPM and no opposition is allowed there. Why were no joint operations conducted during the last general elections when people were not allowed to vote. In the first phase of the elections, we asked for paramilitary forces which were not given, Mamata said. She also took a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya saying that he had once talked about love for Maoist literature in the state assembly.

While Banerjee shied away from queries on whether or not she supported the ban on the CPI(Maoist), she was all for the resumption of a dialogue. If somebody wants to talk to restore peace, he should be given a chance. It is essential to keep the democratic process alive. Let the democracy continue, she said.