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Lalgarh meet on schedule: Mamata

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has made it clear that she will hold a meeting in Lalgarh next month....

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
July 26, 2010 3:53:22 am

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has made it clear that she will hold a meeting in Lalgarh next month despite Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee directing that if a political party wants to hold a meeting in the Jangalmahal area,it should take permission from the administration.

Mamata on Sunday reiterated that she would address the Lalgarh meeting according to schedule. She also announced her one-month-long political programme which will start from Nanoor on July 27.

The Trinamool chief said Section 144 had been unnecessarily enforced throughout West Midnapur district for the past one year. “Normal life is getting hampered there for over a year. No political meetings have been held in this one year. I will visit Jangalmahal on August 9,come what may,” she said. She also said Mukul Roy would visit Khadan in Birbhum on July 28 to hold discussions with tribals. Villagers in some areas of Birbhum are agitating against owners of the numerous open cast mines on issues of pollution and land.

Mamata said though she would not be present,senior members of her party would be present on Nanoor Divas to mark the killing of 11 Trinamool members 10 years back.

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Meanwhile,Maoist-backed People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities (PCAPA) has decided to protest against Banerjee’s proposed rally at Lalgarh to express sympathy for harassed villagers.

The organisation would mobilise people to protest against the proposed August 9 rally and Banerjee’s “double standard”,PCAPA spokesman Manoj Mahato told PTI from an undisclosed location.

“We vehemently protest against the proposed rally. She is trying to fish in troubled waters. We will never allow that to happen,” Mahato said.

“On one hand,she is supporting the UPA government which is conducting the joint operation responsible for so many deaths in the Jangalmahal and on the other,she is coming to Lalgarh to show sympathy for innocent villagers. She is playing double standard,” he said.

He said 71 PCAPA members had been killed and 200 injured and neither the government nor the Trinamool Congress had done anything. He accused the CPM and the joint forces of torturing villagers in Jangalmahal and putting the blame on the PCAPA. (With PTI)

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