CPI(M) misuses central forces; Mamata threatens to quit

Kolkata, Dec 23 (ANI): Railway Minister and Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee has said that she was ready to quit if she could not prove that the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) was misusing central security forces brought for anti-Maoist operations in West Bengal.

Addressing mediapersons here on Wednesday, Banerjee said: "The CPI (M) is misusing the central forces. I would have nothing to say if the central forces were used against Maoists. If I cannot prove that the central forces are being misused by the CPI(M), I am ready to quit."

She said that despite several complaints against the alleged atrocities perpetuated by central forces against the common people still no action has been taken on the issue.

"Regarding atrocities, we met the Home Minister so many times, we complained. But nothing is being done. The atrocities are still there," she said.

"We have been stating repeatedly that state sponsored violence is going on. How many times we will have to say this? Our party met Union Home Minister P Chidambaram 20 times," she added.

She also hinted that Trinamool Congress was ready to go it alone in the forthcoming assembly elections in the state if there was no action from the UPA government on restraining the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government from unleashing central forces on their political opponents. (ANI)

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