As operations to flush out Maoists from Lalgarh continued on Friday, the CPI(M) Politburo held detailed discussion on the emerging situation there, besides reviewing its organisational problems that led to its worst-ever poll performance.
Senior party leaders quoted Maoist statements to say that their charges that Trinamool Congress was aiding and abetting the extremist outfit had been vindicated.
Politburo member and West Bengal leader Biman Bose said "the game plan of Trinamool Congress and its 'rainbow coalition' (parties from extreme Left to extreme Right) has been exposed. He (Maoist leader Kishanji) has said we helped them in Nandigram and now we seek their (TC) help in Lalgarh. We have been saying this since long."
The main concern of party leaders was to find ways and means to tackle the Maoist violence which they alleged was being "actively" backed by Trinamool Congress in its bid to "destabilise" the Left Front government in West Bengal.
The "self-critical" review of the party's electoral performance, which saw its Lok Sabha strength decline from 42 to 16, was also taken up at the meeting, party sources said, adding that the findings of the review would be placed before the two-day meeting of the Central Committee starting on Saturday.