Home Minister P Chidambaram has invited West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to Delhi to discuss the continuing presence of armed cadres in the state in response to Bhattacharjee’s letter.
Chidambaram wrote two letters to Bhattacharjee on Thursday, in reply to the chief minister’s letter dated December 28.
“In the concluding part of the first letter, the Home Minister has invited the Chief Minister of West Bengal to Delhi at his earliest convenience to discuss the subject and agree upon the way forward,” the statement said.
Chidambaram had made a similar suggestion in his controversial letter to the chief minister last week to “discuss the sensitive matter”.
The state government had taken umbrage to the contents of the letter reaching the media before the letter was received by the chief minister.
There was no word on the contents of Chidambaram’s two letters. But the home ministry sought to ensure that it did not depend on speed post alone. “Both letters have been faxed as well as sent by speed post,” the home ministry said in a statement.
In a strongly-worded reply to Chidambaram’s letter last week, Bhattacharjee had taken strong exception to use of the word harmad (hired killers) in the communication while asking the Left Front government to demobilise armed cadres including those of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
“Your assessment of the situation in the state is surprising and is far from an impartial overview of the situation,” he had said.