Left, TDP, JD(S) submit memorandum to Chidambaram

Seeking to turn the tables on the UPA government, the Left parties, the Telugu Desam Party and the Janata Dal (Secular) on Thursday said it should decide on continuing alliance with the Trinamool Congress, alleging that the party had a nexus with Maoists.

Claiming “incontrovertible evidence of collaboration” between the Trinamool and the Maoists, leaders of these parties submitted a memorandum to Home Minister P. Chidambaram and asked the Manmohan Singh government to say how it planned to deal with the nexus.

“The responsibility of overcoming the impact of Maoist violence is not the responsibility of the State governments alone, it is a phenomenon which spans several States. Therefore, the Union government also has a responsibility,” the memorandum said.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury asked: while the Prime Minister described Maoist violence as the gravest threat to India's internal security, how could the government allow the Trinamool leaders to hobnob with Maoists?

Referring to the recent communication from the Home Minister to West Bengal Chief Minister, the memorandum said the six parties were constrained to draw his attention to the facts that pointed to the nexus as also to media reports during the last three years “revealing the nature of the nexus.”

While earlier it was felt that the charge of the Trinamool-Maoist nexus was made just by the Left parties, the memorandum and annexures contained what Trinamool leaders themselves had to say of this understanding.

The document referred to a book by Trinamool MP Kabir Suman in which he gave an eyewitness account of meetings attended by Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee and her colleague Sougata Roy with two Maoist leaders, who were currently imprisoned. Discussions at these meetings revolved round possible intervention in Nandigram.

The parties also took exception to Mr. Chidambaram referring to CPI (M) activists as ‘harmads,' stating it was not in keeping with the majesty of the Home Minister's office.

Asked about the response of the Minister, Mr. Yechury said Mr. Chidambaram described it as serious matter and said he would look into it seriously and impartially.

Besides Mr. Yechury, Basudeb Acharia and Shymap Chakraborty (both CPI-M), Prabodh Panda (CPI), Manohar Tirkey (RSP), Narahari Mahato (AIFB), Nama Nageswara Rao (TDP) and Danish Ali (JD-S) signed the memorandum.