CPM's SMS-diplomacy towards Mamata


Violence in WB
Kolkata, Jan 15: The CPM in West Bengal has extended an olive branch to the fiery Mamata Banerjee to come to a truce on the violence that has gone from bad to worse in the last couple of days in Lalgarh. Housing Minister, Gautam Deb sent an SMS to Mamata Banerjee to discuss on how best to resolve the Lalgarh violence.

The SMS-diplomacy has not gone down well with Trinamool Congress representatives. The SMS read, "I am sure that you are in heavy mind in view of growing violence, perpetuated by different quarters in the state. I would like to talk to you with a proposal to make a break on this episode of violence." The SMS was sent with an affirmation from West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharya.

The Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee on the SMS-stunt said, "What is happening? It is apolitical stunt. His (Deb) activities and stunts are crossing all limits. He is not maintaining the way a minister should contact and talk to another minister. He is sending SMS and making phone calls for a political stunt."

The TMC leaders slammed the approach by the CPM leaders and claimed that this was not way to discuss the growing tensions in the state. Deb, in response said that his party wanted to have a joint session between Mamata, WB Chief Minister and the Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on how best to resolve the issue. He added, "I couldn't contact her (on phone) not withstanding my best efforts for one hour. That's why I have sent a message this morning. I hope she will find time to respond in a civilized manner."

The West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan is scheduled to visit the affected Netai village in Lalgarh that saw an unprecedented slew of violent incidents that led to the death of 7 people. The incident is alleged to have committed by CPM workers.

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