In his third letter this week to Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has said that the leakage of the first letter received by him on Monday was “deliberate” and “unacceptable,” and that he could not accept Mr. Chidambaram's attitude towards the Left Front workers.

The letter was written on Friday and made available to the media at the State Secretariat.

“I wanted not to open all our correspondences before the media, but to discuss with you the problems when I meet you in Delhi. But as you have already released the correspondence between us to the media, I feel compelled to write further on the issues raised by you,” the Chief Minister said.

He told reporters later that Friday's letter was being released as the earlier correspondences had been made public. Mr. Chidambaram had written two further letters on Thursday to which the Chief Minister had responded right away.

Mr. Bhattacharjee addressed in the letter Mr. Chidambaram's response to his objection to the latter's use of the word ‘harmad' — which he had found ‘nasty' — to describe party workers.

“You have proposed to replace it with any better word that I may suggest. I am sorry that I cannot offer you any such word since I am unable to accept your attitude towards Left-Front workers in our State, [as is] your observation regarding failure of law and order in certain areas,” the Chief Minister said in his letter.

On the Home Minister's suggestion that armed cadres in the State be disarmed and demobilised, Mr. Bhattacharjee assured him of the State's policy to take appropriate steps against all armed groups.