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WB minister calls for action against home secretary

November 10, 2009 19:27 IST

West Bengal Home Secretary Ardhendu Sen, whose statement on Maoist links with the Trinamool Congress put the administration in an uncomfortable position, had more trouble on Tuesday, when a senior minister called for action against him for his remarks.

Public Works Department Minister Kshiti Goswami said steps should be taken against Sen for differing with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on the issue of alleged Maoist links of the Trinamool Congress.

"If for argument's sake it was a slip of tongue, it is different. It is said he had clarified his statement. If he made the statement deliberately, the chief minister should take steps as he is the home minister," Goswami told the media at the state secretariat.

On November 8, Bhattacharjee had blamed Trinamool for being in league with the Maoists.

The next day, however, Sen brought embarrassment to the Left government saying the state had no input of such links.

"Sen's view that the government has no information about any political connection of the Maoists with the Trinamool Congress has put the administration in an uncomfortable position politically when the chief minister had said so on the contrary," Goswami said. Asked if the state government would take action against Sen, he said "he should not have uttered those words when the chief minister had already made a statement".
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