Do you want ‘Maoist’ Trinamool as ally? Six parties ask Centre

New Delhi, January 6 (Agencies): Six parties, including four from the Left, on Thursday asked the Manmohan Singh government to decide whether it wanted to continue its alliance with Trinamool Congress, whose “collaboration” with Maoists was a “clear threat” to internal security. Alleging there was “incontrovertible evidence of collaboration” between Trinamool Congress and Maoists, leaders of CPI(M), CPI, RSP, Forward Bloc, TDP and JD(S) submitted a memorandum to Home Minister P Chidambaram asking the government to “spell out” how it proposed to deal with the “TC-Maoist nexus”.
After the meeting, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury asked “will you (UPA) continue to allow TC to hobnob with Maoists to save your government at the Centre? … It is a clear threat to national security. You (UPA) have to take a call. “How can the UPA continue with the contradiction that when the Prime Minister describes Maoist violence as the gravest threat to the nation, his own cabinet colleagues actively collaborate with Maoists. They can’t compromise national security to gain political mileage.” The memorandum said “the responsibility of overcoming the impact of the Maoist violence is not the responsibility of the state governments alone, it is a phenomenon which spans across several states. Therefore, the Union Government also has a responsibility.”
Observing that it was earlier felt that charges about TC-Maoist nexus was being made by the Left for political considerations, Yechury said the memorandum and its annexures contained what leaders of TC and Maoists have been saying themselves. “It contains their views from their mouth.” “In this memorandum, we have given evidence as we have collected it from one of their (TC) own members of Lok Sabha who has published a book detailing various meetings that have taken place before the Nandigram incident in West Bengal.” In a recent book, Trinamool MP Kabir Suman gives an eye-witness account of a meeting attended by TC chief Mamata Banerjee and Union Minister Sougata Roy as well as two top Maoist leaders, who are currently in jail.
“The meeting discusses (their) intervention in Nandigram agitation,” Yechury said, adding that the memorandum also contained a statement by a Maoist leader himself who has given graphic details of how they have not only worked together so far but would continue to do so in future. On Chidambaram’s response, he said the Home Minister described it as “a very serious matter and assured us that he will look into it seriously and impartially. We hope the government takes cognisance of it and the Minister lives up to the assurance.”