November 17, 2008

CPI(M) accuses centre for trouble in West Midnapore

Kolkata,17th November (PTI): Accusing the Centre of working against the interest of West Bengal, the state CPI(M) on Monday blamed the UPA government and Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren-led JMM for the tribal agitation in West Midnapur district.
"The Centre has been acting against the interest of West Bengal since the withdrawal of support by Left parties to the UPA government," CPI(M) state secretary Biman Basu told reporters here.

He alleged that Soren had pledged support to the UPA government on July 22 in the trust vote on a condition that the Centre would back the JMM's move of a separate territory 'Greater Jharkhand' carved out of West Bengal.

"This was the reason behind the Centre not acceding to the request of the West Bengal government to send CRPF to West Midnapur district as requested," he charged.

On the ongoing stir by the tribals against the alleged police excesses, Basu said, "it is not a fight of the tribals against the administration."

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