A Trinamool Congress delegation on Wednesday met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and charged the ruling Left Front in West Bengal with perpetrating violence on its political opponents and deprived sections.
In a move to counter the impact of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, who also met the Prime Minister and Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednedsay, Trinamool Congress MPs and MLAs alleged "atrocities" by the CPI(M) in the state which goes to polls in four months.
The delegation, which also met the Home Minister, wanted the government to consider advancing of the Assembly elections, but were told by the central leadership to move the Election Commission in this regard.
"We also informed the Prime Minister that the Marxists are wrongly linking us with the Maoists. It is they who had brought the Maoists into West Bengal," senior party leader Sudip Bandopadhyay told PTI after meeting Singh.
Dubbing the CPI(M) as a "terror outfit in practice", he said "the Marxists have organised armed camps in the state as they are desperate. They are getting isolated from the people and they know that they will be thrown out of power in the next elections."
He said the Prime Minister told the Trinamool delegation that he had asked the Chief Minister to ensure that law and order was maintained and incidents like the one in Netai village near Lalgarh did not recur. Nine people were killed in political violence allegedly by CPI(M) cadres earlier this month at Netai.
Bandopadhyay said the Centre should take serious note of "atrocities against scheduled castes, tribes and minorities in West Bengal".
During the day, the Trinamool Congress leaders held a sit-in at the Jantar Mantar, near Parliament House, to focus on these demands.