West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Thursday directly accused the opposition Trinamool Congress in the state assembly of patronising Maoists.
Maoists were operating in six to seven states under patronage from some political parties.
The Trinamool Congress was assisting the Maoists in West Bengal, the Chief Minister said while replying to a question by Congress Chief Whip Manas Bhunia.
Stating that the overall situation in the state was alarming, he said not a day passed without casualty or killing.
The Chief Minister said, altogether 69 persons were killed in clashes between January 1 to November 13 this year, including in the three Maoist-hit districts.
Of them, 47 were from the CPI(M), 15 TC, 4 Congress, 2 Jharkhand Democratic Party and 1 from Jharkhand Party (Naren), he said.
Twenty eight of them were killed in political clashes in Maoist-hit West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts. Twelve policemen were killed in the state during the same period, he said.