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'Stop anti-Naxal ops, or face stir'

india Updated: Oct 07, 2010 10:35 IST
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Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will start an indefinite agitation on Thursday to press for the withdrawal of the Centre-state combined forces fighting the Maoists in West Bengal.

And reinforcing her people-friendly image, Banerjee said as railway minister, she would ensure filling 200,000 vacancies in her department.

Her party might take the issue of the combined forces to the streets of New Delhi, Banerjee threatened.

"Our slogan is 'joint forces, leave the jungle'. We will hit the streets against them until they go,” Banerjee said at the public rally in Midnapore town, 120 km west of Kolkata.

Without naming anyone, the Trinamool chief said, "After we come to power, we will release in a second those arrested on false charges.”

Three Maoist-affected districts of West Bengal are Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura.

Announcing her campaign against the CPI(M), Mamata Banerjee threw a challenge before Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, daring him to stop her from coming to power in the elections next year.

The meeting is Banerjee's second in Midnapore in the past two months. The first one was in Lalgarh on August 9.

Ever since the joint operations began in Lalgarh, Mamata has railed against it. She has raised the issue before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

In Kharagpore, Banerjee said: "We have started the employment process of Group C employees in the Railways. There are at present 200,000 vacancies. We will fill these in six months,” she said.