MIDNAPORE, Dec. 13: The Jharkhand Party (Naren) president and Binpur MLA, Mrs Chuni Bala Hansda, has sharply reacted to the chief minister Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's recent remark that "the jharkhandis should move to Jharkhand, their homeland, as by working jointly with the Maoists they have been killing the civilians, particularly Marxist cadres and the policemen.
Over the past six years, more than 20 CPI-M workers and 19 policemen were killed in Midnapore West, Bankura and Purulia by Maoists, the chief minister alleged.
By geographical and historical reasons, these three district are the heart of the Jharkhandis, 90 per cent of whom are tribals. And by making such a derogatory remark, unbecoming on the part of a state's chief minister, the CPI-M has hurt the sentiments of the tribals, Mr Hansda regretted.
Addressing open session of the Midnapore West CPI-M's district conference
at Kalaikunda on Monday, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee alleged: "They are Jharkhandis in day time while Maoists at night". As the chief minister of the state he should not have made such an unwarranted and bad statement. Is West Bengal his own 'khas taluk' that the Marxists alone are entitled to live in the state which is part of the Indian Republic?" the JKP leader asked.