No logic behind rally row: Congress

At a time when the Trinamool Congress is inviting verbal brickbats from its political opponents against the support extended by the Maoist-backed Police Santrash Birodhi Janasadharaner Committee (PSBJC) to party chief Mamata Banerjee's rally at Lalgarh, the party has found a friend in its alliance partner Congress.

The State Congress leadership on Thursday questioned the logic behind such criticism when the PSBJC has not yet been banned by the State Government.

Asked to comment on the debate whether or not PSBJC's unconditional support indicates a tacit understanding between the Trinammol Congress and the Maoists, Manas Bhunia, president of the West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee, said: “According to my knowledge, the PSBJC has not yet been banned by the State Government. Then what is the meaning of this controversy?”

Saying that Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is a “bit confused” whether to ban the PSBJC or not, Dr. Bhunia added: “If the State Government is allowing holding an apolitical meeting at Lalgarh by lifting the prohibitory order, anyone can attend it. The police administration should be responsible for identifying and detaining any suspected person at the gathering.”

Both the Left Front and the State Bharatiya Janata Party leadership alleged that the PSBJC declaration to join the rally was a clear indication of a nexus between the Maoists and the Trinamool Congress since the PSBJC is a front organisation of the left-wing extremists.

The Trinamool Congress leadership, however, brushed aside the criticism and claimed that it was not aware of PSBJC's participation.

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