Opposition parties conspiring with Maoist insurgents: CPI(M)

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Kolkata, Nov 5 (UNI) Condemning the landmine attack, purportedly aimed at West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, the CPI(M) today alleged that underground Maoists were carrying out terror strikes in the state in league with different opposition parties to stall the development process.

While calling for mobilising the people against the 'conspiracy' to assassinate the Chief Minister, the party also said it was ''surprising that the opposition parties had not even condemned the attack''.

''The so-called reactionary grand alliance is involved in all kinds of conspiracies to create a violent unrest and unsettle the statewide development. The Maoists are carrying out terrorist activities, including secret killing and explosions, with the help of different opposition parties in an all-out attack against the CPI(M) and Left Front,'' the party's state committee said in a statement.

The state committee, which began its two-day meeting during the day, was of the view that an alignment of extreme right and ultra left forces had taken place to stall the state's development by creating anarchy and triggering violence. It also observed that the attempt to assassinate the Chief Minister was part of this conspiracy.

The party emphasised on carrying out an intense political campaign and strengthening the organisation to counter such activities.

Suspected Maoists triggered landmine blasts in the convoy of Union Ministers Ram Vilas Paswan and Jitin Prasad at Bhadutala in West Midnapore district on November 2, minutes after the Chief Minister's motorcade passed the area. All of them were returning to Kolkata after the foundation-laying programme for a steel plant at Salboni.

Though all the Ministers escaped unhurt, altogether six policemen, escorting the convoy, were seriously injured.

Police later said the Chief Minister was the target of attack of the underground extremists.


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