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Trinamool, CPM spar over Maoist link

The Trinamool Congress and CPM slugfest over alleged "maoist links" intensified on Sunday, with union minister and Trinamool leader Sisir Adhikari shooting off a legal notice against Ganashakti — the Left mouthpiece — for publishing a "motivated article aimed at defaming and damaging his political reputation and his son Suvendu Adhikari".

india Updated: Mar 07, 2010 23:53 IST
Srinand Jha

The Trinamool Congress and CPM slugfest over alleged "maoist links" intensified on Sunday, with union minister and Trinamool leader Sisir Adhikari shooting off a legal notice against Ganashakti — the Left mouthpiece — for publishing a "motivated article aimed at defaming and damaging his political reputation and his son Suvendu Adhikari".

"It is a baseless, false and malicious canard. The CPM and Maoists are the ones who are thick as thieves. We have nothing at all to do with the Maoists", Adhikari told HT.

The immediate provocation for Adhikari's outburst is the confessional statement of arrested Maoist Military Commission member Dipak alias Venkatesh Reddy alias Gauranga alleging close links between Maoists and the TMC leaders.

Excerpts of Dipak's confessional statement before the state government's Criminal Investigative Department have been published in the Ganashakti.

Suvendu Adhikari — also a Trinamool Lok Sabha member — has been specifically named by Dipak, who has provided details about the close working between Maoists and TMC cadres in Nandigram, Khejuri and Haripur in East Midnapore district and West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts.

Amidst all this the union government stepped up anti-insurgency operations in West Bengal.