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Bhattacharjee slams Chidambaram

kolkata Updated: Jan 03, 2010 21:57 IST
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West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Sunday attacked P Chidambaram for expressing disappointment over handling of Maoist violence in Lalgarh, saying the way the Union home minister dealt with the Telangana issue was not expected from him.

Asserting that he was not at all disappointed with the state government's response to the Lalgarh situation, he said, "I am taking all steps to tackle the situation. He (Chidambaram) may have been disappointed, but I am not. I know how to tackle the Maoists."

He wondered why Chidambaram was keeping silence on states where the same Maoist problem exists.

Bhattacharjee questioned Chidambaram's midnight announcement on Telangana, which he claimed, had given the impetus to statehood demands in Darjeeling and Coochbehar districts in West Bengal.

"The whole country is disappointed with you (Chidambaram) the way you have dealt with the Telangana issue. We are facing consequences in Darjeeling and Coochbehar districts where demand for separate states have got a new lease of life," Bhattacharjee said at a function to mark the 44th anniversary of the launch of CPI mouthpiece 'Gana Shakti'.

Without naming Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Bhattacharjee asked, "Was he keeping in mind coalition dharma in expressing his disappointment and was he pleasing his coalition partner?"

Chidambaram on December 31 in Delhi had described as "pretty depressing" the situation in Lalgarh, the Maoist stronghold in West Bengal, where the state government has allegedly failed to contain the movement of the ultras.