Congress welcomes Lalgarh rally under apolitical banner

August 3rd, 2010 - 12:09 am ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, Aug 2 (IANS) The Congress’ West Bengal unit Monday welcomed Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s decision to hold the Aug 9 rally at Maoist-infested Lalgarh under the banner of an apolitical forum and said if the party was extended a formal invitation, it will consider participation.
“We welcome Mamata Banerjee’s rally at Lalgaragh on August 9. The democracy loving people will love to participate in it. If we get formal invitation about it we will consult with our leadership and decide on the matter,” said West Bengal state Congress president Manas Bhuinya.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had Sunday announced that her party’s Aug 9 meeting in trouble-torn Lalgarh of West Midnapore district would be held under the banner of an apolitical forum ‘Santras Birodhi Mancha’ (Anti-Atrocities Platform).

“We want peace to be restored in that area. The state government is misusing the joint forces in that area. The state government is not using the joint forces properly. That’s the reason the law and order situation is far for normal in the Lalgarah belt,” Bhuniya told media persons here.

Political observers feel Bhuniya’s statement was intended at sending out a positive message for strengthening the alliance between Congress and Trinamool Congress before the crucial state assembly polls next year.

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