The revelation by Maoist leader Kishanji confirmed unholy alliance between the rebel outfit and the Trinamool Congress. This alliance is embarrasing for the UPA since Trinamool Congress is the largest partner of the Congress in Parliament
Revelation by senior Maoist leader Kishanji virtually made it clear that the Trinamool Congress had connived with the Maoists to stage a peoples uprising in the state to oust the Left Front Government from power, they said.
Despite intelligence reports of close links between the Maoists and the Trinamool Congress, the Congress made an electoral alliance with Mamata Banerjee
’s party in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections. The Trinamool Congress became the largest partner of the Congress by virtue of winning 19 seats from West Bengal.
Intelligence reports had been indicating that the Trinamool Congress had provided financial, legal and medical aids to the Maoists in different parts of the state. Chakradhar Mahato, the leader of the Maoist backed peoples committee, had also maintained close links with Ms Banerjee’s party since the beginning of the movement in Lalgarh areas.
“Such activities of Trinamool Congress are very much against the policies of the UPA and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
’s repeated assertion that the Maoists are the biggest threat to the country’s internal security,” the observers said.
Surprisingly, Singh’s Home Ministry remained indifferent to the Maoist threat. The Ministry had failed to chalk out an action plan to effectively deal with the Maoists. Critics, however, link the Home Ministry’s indifferent attitude to the fact that most of the states, where the Maoists are active, are ruled by the non-Congress Governments.
“There are even allegations that secret information has been passed on to the Maoists before actions can be taken,” the critics pointed out. The Centre has failed to adopt a three- pronged strategy—isolate the ideological leaders, counter the action squads with police and Para-military force and strengthen the development activities—to deal with situation, they observed.
The West Bengal
Government has been repeatedly urging the Centre to ensure a joint operation along with Jharkhand
police to tackle the Maoists. The Maoists from Jharkhand adopted hit and run tactics and returned to their bases immediately after the operations in three districts of West Mindapore, Bankura and Purulia. The Union Home Ministry is even reluctant to include the three districts of West Bengal in the list of districts affected by the Maoist movement.
Self-styled Maoist leader Kishanji’s revelation had corroborated the earlier intelligence reports that the Maoists were very much involved in organizing the agitation in Nadigram. A senior intelligence official said the CD released by the West Bengal Police soon after the police firing on March 14 showed some people firing from their guns. “They were actually Maoist elements but no body pay heed to our claim,” an intelligence official said.
“The Centre was fully aware of the involvement of the Maoists in Nandigram. But even the CBI officials, who came to Nandigram for investigation, refused to consider it. One should remember that all the fourteen people were not killed in police firing on March 14. Some died of pellet and stabbing injuries, which was never highlighted,” he claimed.