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Cong seeks President's Rule in West Bengal
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | March 14, 2007 16:51 IST
Last Updated: March 14, 2007 17:47 IST
Accusing West Bengal's Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government of resorting to 'planned killing' in Nandigram, the Congress on Wednesday said the situation in the state was now fit for imposition of President's Rule and called for a 12-hour general strike on March 16.
"It can only be equated with the Jallianwala massacre. It's a planned killing under the leadership of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and it is highly condemnable," Chief Whip of Congress Manash Bhuniya told media persons.
"Congress does not believe in violence," Dasmushi said in New Delhi in response to CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri's charge that Congress involvement could not be ruled out.
"Our state unit party leaders Joyti Bhattacharyajee, temporary PCC chief, and Subrat Mukherjee are on their way to Nandigram. I have been told that the police was not allowing them beyond a certain point," he said.
The party has also sought an appointment with Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.
Asked about the problems the general strike would pose for students appearing in various examinations, he said, "So many lives have been lost, we cannot remain silent in this situation. However, the party would ensure that the examinees do not face any problems."
Earlier, Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress also called for a general strike on Friday.