New Delhi: The changing approach of the West Bengal government vis-à-vis Naxalism has provided the principal opposition Communist Party of India (Marxist) an opportunity to question the credibility of Mamata Banerjee government in the state.

Party Secretary and Polit Bureau member Biman Bose on Monday accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of cheating the people of state.

“Until elections, Mamata was showing friendly gestures to Naxals, but now her stand has changed,” he said.

In the national capital to attend the Polit Bureau meeting of the CPI (M), Biman launched a vitriolic attack on Mamata, asking her to clarify her sudden turnaround on the Naxal menace.

“Mamata needs to answer several questions being raised on her that in spite of being over friendly to naxals, why has she now maintained distance from them. She had claimed that there are no naxals in the state, but now she wants to deal with them strictly. Has she realized that she was committing some mistake by favouring the naxals or is there some other reason behind her changed attitude? Whatever is the reason, but it is proved that she has cheated the people of West Bengal for political benefits.”

Meanwhile, the Polit Bureau meeting witnessed a discussion on changing party ideology amid the changing political scenario. Party leaders expressed their views on a proposal introduced by Sitaram Yechury.

The debate will continue on Tuesday after which the proposal will be presented before the central committee.

(JPN/Bureau)