Kolkata: After giving a tough time to the CPI (M), the Naxals continue to give sleepless nights to Trinamool Congress (TMC) head and state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Deadline given to the Naxals by the CM for peace initiatives have failed to derive the desired results. Therefore, following the footsteps of her predecessor, Banerjee has decided to lay thrust on awareness campaigns to rein in the Naxal menace in Junglemahal area. 

TMC backed Janjagaran Manch and Bhairav Vahini have started a massive campaign against Naxalism in Junglemahal area of Purulia, West Midnapore and Bankura districts to weaken the outfit.

Naxal movement had started in 1970’s, and now it has become synonymous with terror in the country. Naxal has given serious threat to the CPI (M) led Left Front government. Now same is the condition with Mamata Banerjee government.

Earlier, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee led Left Front government had launched the joint operation against the Naxal with support of the Centre.

Banerjee stopped joint operation and appointeda negotiator for naxal hit Junglemahal area since she assumed power. But the condition still remains the same.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram have already termed the Naxalism as the greatest threat to the internal security of the country.

Echoing the same, Banerjee too said, “Naxalism is posing threat to the development and security.”


Despite taking stern steps against Naxals, the Left Front government did not ban the outfit. Now it is million dollars question if Mamata will dare to ban naxals in the state.

CPI (M) has been accusing the TMC of being hand in glove with the Naxals. At a time when Naxals have allegedly killed six TMC members during the last five months, the CPI (M) is talking about political solution of the problem.

Banerjee is going to visit the naxal-hit belt on November 11 to take stock of developmental works being carried out in the area.

JPN/Bureau