Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Biman attacks allies over Nandigram


Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, June 7: In a scathing attack on Left Front allies, CPI-M state secretary Mr Biman Bose today alleged that some Front partners are trying to gain political mileage out of the Nandigram crisis. He was speaking at the inauguration of a renovated CPI-M office in north Kolkata.
Not naming the Forward Bloc, RSP and the CPI - parties that criticised the government and the CPI-M after the Nandigram killings - Mr Bose said : “Some of our allies think that they may become stronger if the CPI-M suffers. So they keep silent when we draw the flak. Some are even fanning the fire from sidelines. But I would like to remind them that history repeats itself and it doesn’t spare anyone. Nobody will gain if CPI-M becomes weak.”
“Some leaders think that they can solve the Nandigram crisis from Kolkata. They are mistaken. The peace process has to start at Nandigram”, Mr Bose said indirectly hinting at the all-party process started by Bloc secretary Mr Ashok Ghosh.
Trinamul Congress chief Miss Mamata Banerjee is awaiting a positive response from the state government to the vexed issue of the Tata small car project at Singur.
Mr Partha Chatterjee, Leader of the Opposition, today said Miss Banerjee is hopeful that the state government would come out with an acceptable formula to thrash out the issue in the light of the one-on-one exchange that she had with Mr Jyoti Basu early this week.
Meanwhile, the CPI-M has mounted a fresh attack on the Centre’s new initiative to turn around the dismal fortunes of the agriculture sector.
The CPI-M, which leads the Left parties in extending crucial outside support to the Manmohan Singh government, is irked by the Centre’s “soft-corner” for contract and corporate farming and its “basic policy” aimed at making peasant agriculture subservient to the corporate capital.