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Trinamool leader puts UPA in a spot over Maoists


Sougata Mukhopadhyay,CNN-IBN
Oct 26, 2010 at 11:11pm IST

Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress has once again put the UPA in a spot. Party leader Mukul Roy who's also the shipping minister in the Union cabinet visited the homes of two slain PCAPA leaders on Monday. Roy claimed he visited the families on Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee’s orders.

Trinamool leader and Shipping Minister Mukul Roy on Monday consoled the family members of suspected Maoists killed recently by joint forces in West Midnapore. Roy's visit was an opportunity for the Trinamool Congress to claim that the duo was actually killed by CPM goons.

Meanwhile, the CPIM claimed that Mukul Roy's visit was proof that the Trinamool Congress is in league with the Maoists. This even as a Trinamool representation met Home Minister P. Chidambaram in Delhi to demand a withdrawal of joint forces in Lalgarh and surrounding areas.

But more than the Trinamool-CPM face off, Mamata Banerjee also seems to be sending out a covert message to her Congress partner at the Centre - that she will now openly move against the anti-Maoist policy declared by Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

It's the season of high politics between the CPIM and Trinamool over the issue of Maoist violence in poll bound West Bengal. Amidst the competing claims by the two rival parties in West Bengal, it is clear that the Manmohan Singh government would need to do some more tight rope walking.

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