Hours after West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said that permission for holding political meetings in Maoist-hit areas had to be given after much thought, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today expressed determination to visit it "to establish democratic rights".
"I will go to Jungle Mahal to establish the people's democratic rights and I challenge anyone to stop me from visiting it," Banerjee told reporters at her Kalighat residence here.
Stating that for the last one year, prohibitory order under section 144 CRPC had been clamped in Lalgarh and none allowed to hold a meeting, she said, "I wonder if there is a war or communal riot there," Banerjee said.
The Railway Minister alleged that the CPI(M) cadre were camping in 'Jungle Mahal' (Maoist hit areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts) for a long time.
Bhattacharjee told the Assembly earlier in the day that there was no bar on holding processions in Jungle Mahal, but permission for political meetings there had to be given after much thought since Maoists might launch a sudden attack.