[Marxism] Nandigram: "What are the police doing?" Asks Jyoti Basu

Sukla Sen suklasenp at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Nov 7 07:25:49 MST 2007

Nandigram in Left Front ruled West Bengal in India is
again on the boil. The CPIM hoods have again waged a
war against the villagers with sophisticated fire
arms, the police electing to look the other way.
And the venerated organ of the "proletariat" , or
"proletarian bourgeois", the great Hindu is quoting
Jyoti Basu, the nonagenarian CPIM stalwart and
ex-Chief Minister, as wondering, "What are the police
doing ..?"

And it is also reporting how the other Left allies are
resisting the efforts of the CPIM to cause an even
greater bloodbath in Nandigram (and put the blame on
the central forces, the CRPF).


http://www.hindu. com/thehindu/ holnus/000200711

Differences crops up in LF over CRPF deployment at

Kolkata (PTI): The ruling Left Front on Wednesday
could not decide on deployment of the CRPF at
Nandigram, with the CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu saying
he was ready to hold talks with Trinamool Congress
chief Mamata Banerjee for restoration of peace at the
troubled area in East Midnapore district.

Briefing reporters after the Left Front meeting, its
chairman Biman Bose said, "Jyoti Basu urged for
postponement of the decision to deploy CRPF at
Nandigram. Other Front leaders also expressed their
views. But no decision was taken. The Front cannot
take such a decision. It can only be taken by the

Junior Front partners RSP, CPI and Forward Bloc have
been critical of Chief Minister Buddhadeb
Bhattacharjee' s move to seek one battalion of CRPF
from the Centre, keeping them in the dark.

Earlier, Basu said, "The chief minister has been told
by Front partners to postpone its decision to deploy
CRPF in Nandigram and urged to convene all-party
meetings to restore peace at Nandigram."

Front constituents also urged the chief minister to
make a fresh attempt to hold all-party meetings to
restore peace at the trouble-torn area.

The CPI(M) patriarch in reply to a question said he
had no problem in talking to Trinamool Congress
supremo Mamata Banerjee for restoring peace at

"If needed, I have no problem in talking to her. I
have no animosity with her. I can talk to her a
hundred times," Basu said when asked whether he would
take the initiative and invite the TC chief for talks.

Basu, at his own initiative, had held a meeting with
the TC chief on June four after she had stormed out of
the first all party meeting on Nandigram convened by
Forward Bloc state secretary Ashok Ghosh on May

Basu also criticised the police for failure to restore
peace and ensure return of the evicted people.

"What are the police doing there when roads are being
dug up and a large number of armed men are going
around on motorcycles? " he asked about Nandigram,
where police have been unable to enter since early
January when violence first broke out over setting up
of a chemical hub. The state government later
announced that it would not be set up there.

Basu said that during his tenure as chief minister
such a situation had arisen once, but it was tackled.

Asked about Home Secretary P R Roy's statement on
Tuesday that firing on Nandigram first started from
adjacent Khejuri, a CPI(M) stronghold, Basu said, "who
fired first is not the question. Both sides have
stockpiled arms. What is the police doing?"

He said that another attempt would be made to hold an
all party meeting to defuse the situation.

Bose, however, defending CPI(M) cadres, said "what is
one expected to do when one's back is against the
wall? They will hit back in self-defence. "

Bose, who is CPI(M) state Secretary, said that the
agitation appeared to be no longer in the hands of the
Trinamool Congress. "It has been taken over by

"This has been proved. Two of five landmines laid
exploded," he said.

"We believe that this cannot be the work of political
parties which have faith in democracy, but that of the
underground outfit," Bose said.

When it was pointed out that the state government had
not yet confirmed the landmine blasts on Tuesday at
Nandigram, Bose said, "it is only those who lost their
relatives, can understand the reality".

One CPI(M) man was killed in the landmine explosion,
he claimed.

The Left Front appealed to the people of Nandigram and
adjoining areas, belonging to different political
parties, including Front activists, to take steps for
return of peace.

The Front also urged the people of Nandigram to
cooperate with the police for restoration of peace and
repair of damaged roads and culverts and reopening of
educational institutions and primary health centres.

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