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KOLKATA: In the light of misgivings by certain Left parties over the enforcement of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act under which a ban on the Communist Party of India (Maoist) was announced by the Centre, the ruling Left Front in West Bengal decided here on Thursday that the matter would be discussed in the State Cabinet’s core committee.

The Act is applicable to the entire country but the State government will decide how and where it will be enforced. “The Chief Minister has said that when and how it will be enforced will be discussed in detail by the core-committee and if necessary the Cabinet,” Biman Bose, chairman of the Left Front Committee, said after a meeting of leaders of the Front’s constituents.

State leaders of the Communist Party of India, the All-India Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party have raised questions over the enforcement of the Act that deems Maoists as terrorists. Each of these parties has a representation in the Cabinet core committee.

Underlining the need to counter Maoist activism politically and isolate the extremists from the people, Mr. Bose said administrative measures were also required to check their activities.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee briefed the meeting of the developments in the Lalgarh area in the wake of the on-going operations there by security forces against the Maoists and the Maoist-backed Police Santrash Birodhi Janashadharaner Committee.

The Front concurred that the process of politically isolating the Maoists in the area would continue. The activities of the left wing extremists could not be countered simply by banning the CPI (Maoist).

Mr. Bose said it was necessary to step up the “political campaign against all the forces of terror and anarchy, whoever they may be — whether the Trinamool Congress, the Maoists or any other group.”

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