CPM slams Mamata over Maoist problem

Terming the left wing extremism a national problem and a threat to internal security, the CPM attacked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for taking contradictory positions on the Maoist problem.

Speaking in the Lok Sabha during a discussion on increasing Maoist violence in the country, CPM leader Basudeb Acharia said “the Maoist threat is the greatest threat to internal security….it is a national problem.”

Slamming the Trinamool Congress chief for maintaining conflicting stand on the issue, Acharia said when Mamata was in the opposition in West Bengal, she had demanded withdrawal of security forces from the affected areas.

“After becoming chief minister, her first statement was regarding sending central forces to Junglemahal,” he said.

Acharia stressed that Mamata never saw Maoists’ hand in violent activities in Maoist-hit areas when she was in the opposition. “But today everyone is being branded as Maoist. A poor farmer, who just wanted to know why the price of fertilizers are increasing, was branded as a Maoist and put behind the bar,” he said.

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