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WB: Mamata debunks charge of links with Maoists

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Updated: May 5, 2011, 10:49 AM IST
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WB: Mamata debunks charge of links with Maoists
Mamata said the Left parties ruled the state for 34 years and it was during their regime that the Maoists came.

Bankura: Rubbishing West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee's charge that Trinamool Congress has links with Maoists, Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said CPM and ultras were both sides of the same coin.

Mamata alleged that the CPM was acting as a mask for the ultras and anyone who protested against the party's "reign of terror" was branded as a Maoist. Often false cases were lodged against ordinary people in the name of anti-Maoist operation, she said.

"CPM and Maoists are the face and the mask. During the daytime they are the Marxists and in the night they are Maoists," she said at election meetings in Borjora and Sonamukhi in Bankura district parts of which are affected by Maoist activity.

She said the Left parties ruled the state for 34 years and it was during their regime that the Maoists came. "How the Maoists came here? You (CPM) have imported them," she said.

She had earlier said Maoists' call for a boycott of the state Assembly elections was designed to help the CPM win the poll in Jangalmahal. It is the CPM, she alleged, which has unleashed terror in the region with the help of guns and have set up armed camps.

On Tuesday, the chief minister said at an election meeting in West Midnapur district that voting for Trinamool Congress meant voting for the Maoists.

38 constituencies in the Maoist-hit districts of Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapur as well as some parts of Burdwan district will go to poll on May 7 in the fifth phase of election.

Mamata observed that there was no rigging in the polling till now unlike the previous elections in which the CPM took recourse to rigging to come back to power. She, however, made an exception for the 1977 election in which the CPM-led Left Front government had scored massive victory on popular support.

First Published: May 5, 2011, 10:49 AM IST
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