September 1, 2010
Govt defends Mamata’s Lalgarh speech on Azad
The UPA government on Tuesday defended railway minister Mamata Banerjee’s speech at the Lalgarh rally on August 9, saying the Trinamool Congress leader had said nothing to contradict the Centre’s official position over the Maoist issue. Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said Mamata had only spoken against violence and that she wanted the peace process to start. “Whatever she said doesn’t contradict the government position at all. She spoke in her capacity as Trinamool leader and the gathering there had been organised by an ex-IAS officer,” said Bansal, shortly before the Upper House was adjourned sine die.
Courtesy: The Times of India