Pranab Mukherjee defends despatch of Central forces to Lalgarh

June 22nd, 2009 - 7:24 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 22(ANI): Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday defended his decision to despatch the Central forces to Lalgarh in West Bengal, signifying Centre’s commitment to provide security personnel to any state government which requests for them.

“If any state government requests for paramilitary or other Central forces to tackle difficult law and order situations by following constitutional norms, the Central government will send them,” said Pranab Mukherjee.

When enquired about Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s annoyance over not being consulted regarding the decision of sending Central forces to Lalgarh, Mukherjee said he would discuss the matter with her.

Mukherjee also added that post-poll violence was not desirable and state administrations should tackle them with an iron hand. (ANI)

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