In the midst of a bitter war of words and wits, a top Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader on Friday accused the state’s main Opposition Trinamool Congress of fomenting violence in West Bengal while the TC reacted branding him as “number one Maoist”.
“Trinamool Congress is moving on a strategy of inciting and escalating violence and using that as a pretext to demand Central intervention. They are conspiring to destabilise a duly elected government and getting the assembly polls advanced so that these can be held under Central rule,” said CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechuri while speaking to the media in New Delhi.
While citing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s description of Maoist violence, as the gravest threat to internal security, Yechuri claimed that two Union ministers of the TC, Mukul Roy and Sisir Adhikari, went to Lalgarh and “incited” violence.
“At a time when joint operations by Central and State security forces to contain Maoist violence is going on, they (Roy and Adhikari) visited the area, incited violence and provoked confrontation with security forces,” he added.
He contended that the visit by the two leaders provided sustenance to Maoist violence and “endangered the unity and integrity of the country.”
Reacting to the statements, TC chief whip in the Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandopadhyay, said: “Sitaram Yechury is the man who supports the Maoists and keep going to Nepal. He should be considered as the number one Maoist in India,”
Bandopadhyay was addressing media persons after he met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram along with about a dozen party MPs and a Congress MP.