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Buddhadeb has not received Chidambaram's letter: Biman Bose

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Senior officers at State Secretariat said they knew nothing about such a letter

The letter talks about camps run by armed CPI(M) supporters in certain areas of State


KOLKATA: Left Front chairman Biman Bose has said that West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has not received the purported letter written by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.

Talking to journalists in the presence of Mr. Bhattacharjee at the party office here, Mr. Bose said: “I spoke with the Chief Minister and he told me that he had no information on any such letter. He also told me that no such communication was received from the Union Home Minister till Friday evening. Mr. Bhattacharjee further said that he had made enquiries with officers at the State Secretariat on Saturday as to whether any such missive was received. They [the officers] told me that nothing had been received so far today [Saturday].”

Senior officers at the State Secretariat had earlier told the media that they knew nothing about such a letter.

“How can I comment on a letter which has not been received,” Mr. Bose said.

A letter was purportedly written by Mr. Chidambaram on Tuesday to Mr. Bhattacharjee on the contentious issue of camps being run by armed supporters of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in certain areas of the State. The letter was reportedly written on December 21.

The Trinamool Congress has, for long, being clamouring for the withdrawal of the Central forces from Maoist strongholds in West Bengal, saying that using them as a cover, the armed CPI(M) supporters were attacking party rivals and engaging in turf-wars.

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