CPI (M) conveys to PM concerns over Mamata's rally in Lalgarh
The CPI (M) today alleged that Monday's Trinamool Congress rally in troubled Lalgarh area of West Bengal would shore up the sagging morale of Maoists and flare up tension in the area.india Updated: Aug 06, 2010 22:18 IST
The CPI (M) on Friday alleged that Monday's Trinamool Congress rally in troubled Lalgarh area of West Bengal would shore up the sagging morale of Maoists and flare up tension in the area.
Senior party leader Basudeb Acharia met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here and expressed concern that a demand to stop the joint security operations would be made at the rally that would be addressed by Railway Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, CPI (M) sources said.
Acharia alleged that the Maoists and organisations backed by them were mobilising people for the rally, which would again lead to tension in the area.
During the meeting, he also referred to the letter written to the Prime Minister by Pulin Bihari Baske, CPI (M) MP from Jhargram where Lalgarh is situated, which urged Singh to "dissuade the Railway Minister from the disastrous course she has chosen to pursue".
Acharia said the rally was aimed at shoring up the "low morale" of the Maoists and their lot in the Maoist-backed People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), whose leading activists have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the Jnaneshwari train accident.
The sources claimed that the Prime Minister expressed concern over the situation and assured that he would hold discussions in this regard.
Politburo member Sitaram Yechury had on Thursday said when the situation was returning to normal in the affected areas, this rally would give fillip to the "forces of disruption" as PCPA and Maoist leader Kishenji have openly supported it.
Maintaining that even Home Minister P Chidambaram had said the PCPA was a "front organisation" of the Maoists, he had said "how can the Prime Minister continue to live with such a contradiction when members of his Cabinet are not merely associating but are collaborating with Maoists? It is playing with fire".