The stage seems to be set for another confrontation between the Trinamool Congress and the West Bengal government over the proposed Tuesday visit of Trinamool leaders to trouble-torn Lalgarh. Inspite of a warning by the state government,senior Trinamool leaders,including two Union ministers of state,have announced their intention to go ahead with the visit.
We will go to Lalgarh,come may what. Tomorrow we will visit places where there have been atrocities against poor tribal villagers. The Union government has already urged the state government to provide us security. But as far as I know they said they cannot., said Sisir Adhikary,Union minister of state for Rural Development.
Apart from Adhikary,Mukul Roy,Union minister of state for shipping,and Partho Chatterjee,leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly,are scheduled to visit the disturbed areas.The visit is expected to kick off an agitation against Centre-state operations against Maoists.
Union home minister PC Chidambaram said the responsibility to ensure security lay with the state government. Meanwhile,state home secretary Ardhendu Sen on Monday stated that security for the visit would be provided.