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Taslima should leave West Bengal, says CPI-M

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November 22, 2007 00:46 IST

The ruling CPI-M in West Bengal on Wednesday night said controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen should "leave the state" if her stay disturbs the peace.

"I don't want to speak elaborately on the role played by the Centre on Taslima Nasreen's stay in West Bengal. But if her stay creates a problem for peace, she should leave the state," CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose said.

He said when two Union ministers sought Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee's view on the issue, he had told them that if the Centre thought it advisable for her stay, she could do so.

Bose's comments came after the city witnessed large-scale violence when a mob attacked the police injuring 35 personnel besides torching and damaging vehicles during a three-hour shutdown called by a minority fringe group in protest against the Nandigram violence. They also demanded cancellation of Nasreen's visa.

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