Cong rallies behind Trinamool Congress

New Delhi, Feb 1 (PTI) Congress today rallied behindTrinamool Congress, hours after West Bengal Chief MinisterBuddhadeb Bhattacharjee warned its ally of immediate action onthe basis of evidence of its nexus with ultras.

"The person who is really doing politics over such asensitive issue is the West Bengal Chief Minister. What theLeft Front government was doing in the state when Maoists wereconsolidating....his reaction is a diversionary tactics toreally deflect the attention from this fundamental question,"party spokesperson Manish Tewari told reporters.

A day after two Trinamool activists were arrested foralleged link with Maoists, Bhattacharjee today said thathe would inform Union Home Minister P Chidambaram about the''Trinamool-Maoist nexus''.

However, Tewari downplayed the alleged links betweenthe Maoists and Trinamool Congress workers, saying, "Maoistsor for that matter member of any guerilla organization liveamong the population."

"If situations have come to such a pass that the WestBengal Chief Minister has to resort to the diversionarytactics, it is the Left Frong government in the state that isto be blamed for allowing the situation to reach this. Was thestate government sleeping all the while," he said describingthe situation as one of "withering away of state because ofsystemic subversion by West Bengal government".

On the issue of radio-tagging of Indian students in aa US university, Tewari said that the students were victim andthere is always a distinction between victims and pepetratosof crime and hoped "Government of India and our embassies inthe US must walk the extra mile to get them help."

To a question about Indian passengers, who were flownhome from strife-hit Cairo on two Air India (AI) flightscomplaining that the airline charged fares as high asRs 43,000 for a single ticket to Mumbai, Tewari said, "It isunfortunate and sorrowful."

"Indians trapped there have been brought back in a verytough situation. If more fare has been taken, it should beconsidered the additional fare should be returned to thevictims," Tewari said.

He at the same time lauded Air India for its efforts tobring back the Indian from the strife-torn territory.

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