Monday, February 14, 2011

Left's Lalgarh dilemma: The communists and TC on collision course over rally


The Lalgarh rally is giving sleepless nights to the communists in West Bengal after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee announced her plan to address a gathering on August 9 here. The Left government doesn't know how to tackle the issue.

It is showing apprehension in giving permission to TC and other social activists, including Swami Agnivesh and Medha Patkar, to hold such public meetings in the Naxal-hit Paschim Medinipur district. But Mamata is adamant and says: 'I am firm on going to Lalgarh on August 9. Let me see who stops me.'

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee says the situation in the Maoist stronghold is not conducive for such rallies. Once again, the state government and TC are on collision course.

Swami and Medha are also planning to hold the rally on the same day under the aegis of 'Santras Birodhi Mancha' (Anti-terror Forum). Swami has been appointed by the Centre as the interlocutor for talks with the CPI (Maoists). The rally is being taken out to protect the rights of the locals in Lalgarh. For the last one year the region has been under Section 144 Criminal Penal Code. The section prohibits demonstrations, rallies, processions, carrying of arms and other lethal weapons and assembly of five or more people.

Mamata has charged the government with stalling democracy in Lalgarh, Salboni and Goaltore areas. But the government is least moved with these allegations. The authorities argue that they are only taking steps that could ensure peace in the disturbed area. The government claims that the situation in and around Lalgarh has improved after killings of some 'top level' Maoists. Some intellectuals say: if the situation has improved then why is the government stopping us from organising peaceful rally in the region.

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