Faced with an all round attack on the Taslima Nasreen affair, the CPI (M) on Monday washed its hands off the matter saying the Bangladeshi writer moved to Jaipur on her own and it was for the Centre to decide where she should stay.
CPI(M) Politburo member Sitaram Yechury asserted that the controversial writer was not forced out of Kolkata by the Left Front government in West Bengal and the state has no role to play in deciding her stay in the country.
Yechury faced a barrage of questions from reporters on the Taslima affair, but his repeated refrain was that it was the "sole prerogative" of the Centre to decide where she should stay and "wherever she goes it was "incumbent upon the state government there to provide security."
"Whether she should remain in India or not and whether her visa should be extended or not is a decision to be taken by the Central government. It is beyond the scope of any state government. Let the Central Government decide on this," he said.
Asked about reports that West Bengal government asked her to move out of the state, he said "nobody forced her" and added that "she can move anywhere she wants if the Central government permits."
He denied reports that the Left Front government was not keen for the return of Nasreen. "Do not try to bring the West Bengal government or the CPI (M) into the issue. She has stayed in Kolkata for the last three years and protection was given by the state government," he said.