Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's demand for a withdrawal of joint security forces from West Bengal's Maoist affected Jangal Mahal region (forest areas in the southwest of the State) is an attempt “to ensure that the violent movement continues” there, Biman Bose, chairman of the State's Left Front Committee, said here on Sunday.
Mr. Bose's comments came a day after Ms. Banerjee intensified her agitation in support of her demand of withdrawal of joint security forces by holding a protest march in the city.
He said that Ms. Banerjee had held meetings with the Maoists and the Maoist backed Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC) to shield their “acts of terror” and provide them legitimacy.
Reacting to Ms. Banerjee's claim that the Communist Party of India (Marxist) was responsible for the May 28 Jnaneswari Express derailment and recent incidents related to the city's Metro Railways, he decried it as “malicious propaganda and irresponsible lies.”
“When the CBI and the State's CID (Criminal Investigation Department) are yet to conclude their investigations, they are trying to prove out of political compulsions that comments made by the Railways Minister based on an incomplete report were correct from the very start,” he said. On the recent derailment of a train in the city's underground services, Mr. Bose said that it had occurred because of her “misleading politics of haste” as she had inaugurated several trains without ensuring adequate infrastructure or maintenance.
“Expert opinion on the average life-span of rakes should be sought,” he said, adding that instead of replacing old equipment in a time-bound manner, they were inaugurating trains by adding a fresh coat of paint to them.
Speaking to journalists after a meeting of the State Committee, Mr. Bose said that the Left Front will host a “North Bengal-Jangal Mahal-Sunderbans Day” in the city in November highlighting the problems being faced by the people in these regions. This would be a part of a week-long programme held by the Left parties.