Rebel Trinamool Congress MP Kabir Suman embarrassed his party yet again on Friday — outlining its close relations with the Maoists ahead of coming to power in West Bengal.
The Trinamool has been vociferously denying the allegation, leveled earlier by the CPM and more recently by Suman himself.
Maoists, Suman said on Friday, had indeed joined hands with his party to oust the Left Front and Maoist leader Kishenji had told his men to “hold aloft the Trinamool flag”.
In fact, without the support of the Maoists, the Trinamool would not have won any assembly seat in West Midnapore, let alone the eight it ended up winning, he said.
“Maoists were part of the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee (BUPC). Agitations in Nandigram, Singur and Lalgarh were responsible for the regime change. Santosh Rana, a Naxal, and his comrades campaigned for me in Jadavpur (in 2009),” said Suman.
In Nandigram, the Trinamool led the BUPC (committee for resisting forcible land acquisition), which was opposing former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s plans to acquire about 14,000 acres for an SEZ. Following Suman’s comments, the CPM and Congress sharpened attacks on the ruling party.
“Suman is just stating the plain truth. We have always said the Maoists and Trinamool Congress had joined hands in Nandigram. The matter was even highlighted in Parliament,” said Mohammed Salim, CPM central committee member.
Congress Union minister Deepa Dasmunsi said, “The Congress has never supported Maoists. Trinamool should come out with the truth.”