CPM seeks Centre's help to combat ''AITC-backed Maoist violence''

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New Delhi, Nov 6 (UNI) Insinuating that the recent murderous Maoist attack on the motorcade of West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee occurred in the wake of the violent atmosphere created by the Trinamool Congress and its cohorts, the CPI(M) has sought Central assistance to combat the ''armed battle against the state''.

''The Trinamool Congress, in its desperation, uses terror as its instrument to browbeat the people into supporting it,'' the party alleged in an editorial in its journal, 'People's Democracy'.

By repeatedly calling for a ''Mahajot'' (grand assembly) of the ''reactionary forces'' to forge an alliance against the Left Front, the Trinamool Congress faciliated the spread of Maoist activities in the state, the party alleged.

It further claimed that the environment created by the Trinamool Congress also provided an opportunity for the BJP to indulge in its communal agenda in West Bengal.

The editorial said the opportunity provided by the Trinamool Congress and the grand alliance of all the ''reactionary forces'' and the NGOs against the industrialisation of the state ''provided the shield for the Maoists to expand their area of operations''.

Apart from targeting the CPI(M) activists, the Maoists had also blown up railway tracks and used landmines to create their ''liberated zones''.

The Marxists alleged it was the Trinamool Congress that had provided both the opportunity and the cover to the Maoists to establish their ''liberated zones'' in the Nandigram area, adding, ''What is going on in Nandigram is an armed battle against the state.'' The CPI(M) regetted that in spite of all this evidence, the Central Government was not providing the necessary assistance to the state government to combat the Maoist activities. It said in view of the brazen attack on the Chief Minister's convoy, which also included the car of Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, the Centre must rush all assistance to the state to combat the Maoist challenge.

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