Allies convict Big Brother- Front within front takes on CPM in Calcutta, party brass brainstorm in Delhi to cement cracks
|OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT|
Calcutta, Nov. 11: The RSP, Forward Bloc and the CPI today held the CPM “entirely responsible” for “the continuing violence” in Nandigram but didn’t utter a word against the Trinamul Congress-led Bhoomi Uchchhed Pratirodh Committee.
“We do not approve of the politics of violence and revenge in Nandigram and we are holding the CPM entirely responsible for the violent incidents,” the junior Left Front partners said in a resolution.
It recommended “administrative efforts, coupled with sustained political and social initiatives” to restore peace.
A copy of the resolution was sent to front chairman and CPM state secretary Biman Bose, who is in Delhi to attend the party’s politburo meeting.
Embarrassed by allies’ decision, CPM state secretariat member Benoy Konar tonight said it would “only incite the Opposition parties”.
“It is not fair on the part of the smaller partners to entirely blame the CPM for the Nandigram incidents. Why are they silent on the violence unleashed by Pratirodh Committee since January?” he asked.
The “grievances” should have been aired at the alliance’s meeting, Konar added.
The resolution was adopted after a two-hour meeting at the Bloc’s Central Avenue office. Bloc secretary Ashok Ghosh, RSP secretary and former minister Debabrata Bandopadhyay and state CPI chief Manju Kumar Majumdar were among those present.
PWD minister Khsiti Goswami, who had expressed his desire to resign from the cabinet over Nandigram, was also there.
“I’ve stopped using my office car and won’t go to Writers’ from tomorrow,” he said.
The resolution, however, “requested Goswami to reconsider the decision” to put in his papers.
The “mini front” made it clear that it would not like to face “embarrassing questions” from people because of the CPM’s “misdeeds”.
“Why should we be blamed for what the CPM has been doing?” said an RSP leader.
Asked why the Trinamul-led outfit’s violence was not mentioned, an alliance leader said local CPM functionaries had helped escalate the trouble by “resorting to a path of revenge to recapture villages”.
Nandagopal Bhattacharya of the CPI said the situation would not have reached such a pass had CPM tackled it earlier, “both administratively and politically”.