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CPM fears Didi may soften Centre’s blow against Maoists

In the post-Silda massacre,the CPM on Thursday chose to indirectly hit the Congress-led UPA government saying the Centre may turn soft on Maoists...

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: February 19, 2010 3:57:08 am

In the post-Silda massacre,the CPM on Thursday chose to indirectly hit the Congress-led UPA government saying the Centre may turn soft on Maoists,as Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee,who is also the Railway Minister,could pressurise the coalition in doing so.

“It will be very unfortunate if the Centre takes a softer stand in tackling the Maoists. We all know that the Centre has already declared the Maoist menace as the country’s biggest threat to internal security. On the other hand,Railway Minister is consistently putting pressure on the government for taking a softer stand on the Maoists. We do not know what the Centre will finally do,after all she is one of the allies in the UPA government,” said CPM spokesperson Md Selim after the meeting of the party state secretariat.

Sources said that top brass of the party is scared that even seven months after the joint operations began,the writ of the Maoists run large in the south-west part of the state. They are indiscriminately killing CPM men and targeting police forces,said a CPM senior leader,adding the Left cadres in the area are silently distancing themselves from the party.

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