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CPI-M blames TC for Nandigram violence

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | March 14, 2007 15:27 IST

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Sitaram Yechury, politburo member of Communist Party of India-Marxist, accused the Trinamool Congress for the Nandigram clashes on Wednesday and did not rule out the involvement of the Congress party for providing tacit support to the rival party. He was addressing a press conference in Parliament house complex.

Earlier, the incident was mentioned in Rajya Sabha during the zero hour, when the House wanted to know from Home Minister Shivraj Patel, who was present in the House, as to what action the Central govenment plans to take in this matter.

Yechury ruled out the resignation of the West Bengal government on the issue. "No, if an incident of this nature had taken place in any other state, we would not have asked for the resignation of that government but asked the local administration to bring the situation under control as was done in this case. First, there was lathicharge, then tear gas shells were fired. While the police was trying to bring the situation under control, the armed miscreants fired at them. The police returned fire. This is an unfortunate incident and it should not have taken place," he said.

Yechury clarified on behalf of the state government that no land aqusition is going to take place there till the issue is sorted out to the satisfaction of the local farmers. "There is no SEZ in this area," he said.

"This a political move and we will counter it politically," he said while referring to the sudden erruption of violence in Nandigram.

The same place had witnessed violence in the past as well when Trinamool chief Mamta Banerjee had gone on an indefinite hunger strike.

Banerjee ended the hunger strike on the advice of President A P J Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when her condition became critical and she had to be removed to hospital.

The ruling party has called for a 24 bandh beginning from 5 pm on Thursday to 5 pm on Friday in the affected area to counter the bandh call given by Trinamool Congress.