Political adversaries West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today accused each other of being hand-in-glove with Maoists in the state.
"They are happy if our partymen are killed by Maoists. But, do they realise what will happen to them? They will also not be spared," Bhattacharjee told a Left Front rally at Barasat in neighbouring North 24 Parganas district.
"Trinamool Congress and Maoists are working hand-in-hand," he said.
Banerjee at a press conference at her Kalighat residence countered the allegations and said Maoists were operating with "police arms" with the help of CPI(M).
"Who is Kisenji? Who is Chhatradhar (Mahato)? Who is Bikash? All of them are creations of CPI(M)," she claimed.
"If Trinamool Congress is voted to power in next assembly elections, we vow to drive away Maoists from the state with the help of the people.
"We will fight the Maoists in West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia. We don't need any help from the Centre," she said.
Banerjee said it was 'a blatant lie' that Maoists helped in the success of the Singur movement. "The movement was successful because of my 26-day fast," she said.