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    Buddha asks Chidamabaram not to 'play doctor'

    Kolkata: Hitting back at the Centre, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Friday asked Home Minister P Chidambaram told him not to 'play doctor' as he did not need his advice in administering West Bengal."What is happening in Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh? Instead of playing doctor here, he should get his act together in those places. I don't need his advice. I ask Chidambaram to concentrate on his own job. I know my job," Bhattacharjee told reporters here when asked about Chidambaram's comments during recent his poll campaign in the city.Chidambaram had dubbed West Bengal as the "worst-governed" state in the country and blamed the CPM and its cadres for spreading violence."West Bengal is the worst-governed state in the country and our immediate concern is law and order," he had told reporters.The Home Minister had given out figures that more Trinamool Congress and Congress workers died in political violence in the state than CPM workers.He had also said the chief minister was in a state of denial and the culmination was the killing of several persons at Netai in West Midnapore district on January 7 this year.Reiterating that the Trinamool was hand in glove with Maoists and the People's Committee against Police Atrocities (PCPA), Bhattacharjee said today, "We have to defeat the Trinamool Congress to defeat the Maoists."Fourteen constituencies in the Maoist-affected districts of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura districts will go to the polls on May 10 in the last of the six phase Assembly elections in West Bengal. Maoists of which PCPA was the front and the Trinamool Congress were closely co-ordinating politically and organisationally.When asked whether the Maoist problem needed a political solution, Bhattacherjee said “It is not only a law and order problem. We have to tackle it administratively. It is a complex problem. At the same time it is a problem of underdevelopment and that aspect we have taken care of."Claiming that Maoists in Junglemahal were intimidating voters, he criticised the poll boycott call given by them. He said the priority was to solve the Maoist and the Darjeeling problems. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha was spearheading a movement for Gorkhaland in Darjeeling, but the West Bengal government has rejected it.Asked for his reaction on the killing of nine persons at Netai village in West Midnapur district allegedly by CPM cadres early this year, he said "We have taken some lessons from the incident at Netai. It should not have happened."Asked to comment on the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's promise yesterday that a special package would be given for development in Junglemahal, he said, "Our government has already initiated several schemes for the benefit of the people there."The chief minister said that development work in Junglemahal halted due to Maoist terror had restarted.The Left Front government had taken several measures for the people by giving them land rights, assistance in house building and construction of hostels for students. He said he was confident that the 8th Left Front government would be formed in West Bengal.