New Delhi, Aug 14 - CPI(M) today attacked Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for maintaining contradictory stand on Naxalites while in opposition and in power in West Bengal and said deployment of security forces would not check the menace.
Participating in a discussion on increasing Naxalite and Maoist activities in the country in the Lok Sabha, Basudeb Acharia alleged that when Banerjee was was in the opposition in West Bengal, she had demanded with withdrawal of security forces from affected areas.
"After becoming Chief Minister, her first statement was to demand sending of central forces to Jungle Mahal," he said.
He said despite a statement by then Home Minister P Chidambaram that Maoist leader Azad was killed in an encounter, Banerjee demanded a judicial probe doubting the government's version.
Acharia said when then West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya and then Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan survived an attack, there was "no word of condemnation" from the Trinamool chief.
He said such a problem has to be tackled unitedly as it was a national issue.
Referring to the arrest of a person in the state a couple of days ago for allegedly questioning Banerjee on high fertiliser rates, he claimed the Chief Minister dubbed him as a "Maoist".
Referring to the recent encounter in Chhattisgarh, he said the Centre was speaking in two voices. While then Home Minister P Chidambaram termed it as an encounter, Tribal Affairs Minister V Kishore Chandra Deo doubted the incident as no weapons were found near the bodies.
He apprehended that tribals could be used as a shield by Maoists in their fight against security forces. Bhakta Charan Das (Cong) said Naxalite "brothers" were no more fighting for the forest rights of tribals. He also said that they should leave the jungles so that tribals do not get crushed in the fight between them and security forces.
He said non-violent fight for rights could yield more results. Saroj Pandey (BJP) said while people rake up the issue of human rights violations after encounters, no one says a word when Maoists trigger landmines. She also said in a country with a strong judiciary, Maoists hold 'jan adalats' to kill police informers but no one speaks against such a practice.
He regretted that Planning Commission retained alleged Maoist sympathiser Binayak Sen despite protest by Chhatisgarh government. Shilendra Kumar (SP) wanted the centre and state governments to provide greater facilities to misguided youth wanting to lead normal life.
Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD) said it would be better to describe that problem of naxalism and Maoism as left wing extremism. He wanted the government to probe corporate angle to the issue.
Dara Singh Chauhan (BSP) suggested that greater efforts should be made to ensure that persons engaged in such activities join the national mainstream.
The discussion remained inconclusive as the House was adjourned following death of Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh. PTI