West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Thursday summoned Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen to apprise himself of the latest situation in Lalgarh, two days before Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's visit there.
"The Governor wanted to know the exact situation in Lalgarh. I have apprised him of the situation," Sen told reporters at the state secretariat after a visit to the Raj Bhavan.
Asked whether he had discussed the issue of withdrawal of the joint forces from Lalgarh with the Governor, Sen replied in the negative saying that the matter never came up.
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee will go to Lalgarh on November 7 on a two-day visit during which he is scheduled to meet the Zilla Sabadhipatis, district magistrates and police superintendents of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia.
During the visit, Bhattacharjee is scheduled to review law and order on November seven and the next day, take stock of the development work in the area.
Secretariat sources said although the government had set up a task force to monitor development work and implementation of employment schemes at Lalgarh, not Maoists had made much progress in the area because of obstruction.