The Trinamool Congress is aiding the Maoists, just because they are opposed to the Left Front government, without considering the long-term consequences of doing so and the danger this poses to West Bengal, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said here on Wednesday.

“At a time when the Maoists are posing a big problem for West Bengal… it is unfortunate that in a situation when all political parties form a consensus to fight them, the State’s principal Opposition party is supporting them,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said.

He said more than 70 supporters of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) had been killed by Maoists in West Bengal. It was shameful that “those who are not even speaking up against these heinous crimes belong to the very same State,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said.

“It is their [Trinamool’s] policy to join hands with everyone who is opposed to us,” Mr. he said, adding that they were supporting the Maoists without considering the consequences.

“They [Trinamool] twist facts to suit their own ends. They say that we have links with Maoists because we supported Maoists in Nepal… but we spoke to the Maoists in Nepal only after they changed their path from that of violence,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said.

Often Maoists came to the areas in the districts bordering Jharkhand, where they got their arms and training, and escaped again by crossing the State border. Unless simultaneous action was taken against Maoists in all the affected States, the success of the operations against them in Bengal would be limited.

Speaking at a public rally of the State Co-ordination Committee, an association of employees of the West Bengal government, Mr. Bhattacharjee criticised the Centre for not taking any action in controlling the rising prices.

The way the prices of essential commodities were spiralling, “if no action is taken now, when will it be taken?” he asked.

“The State government can do little with the limited resources, but we are committed to providing at least rice to the poor at Rs. 2 per kilogram,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said, adding that the State’s revised list of people below the poverty line was ready and that ration cards would be distributed soon.

“No force other than the Left movement can counter the disastrous process set in motion by the policy of liberalisation and privatisation by the Central government,” Mr. Bhattacharjee said.