Sunday, November 11, 2007

Governor refutes Chakraborty’s accusations

Kolkata, Nov. 10: CPI-M leader, Mr Shyamal Chakraborty received a rap on his knuckles today as Governor, Mr Gopal Krishna Gandhi, gently chose to remind him (through a press release) that although he had not issued a public statement when the local MLA Md Ilyas was manhandled and beaten up in Nandigram, Mr Gandhi had personally written to the MLA and condemned the attack on him as “deplorable”.
Yesterday, Mr Chakraborty had criticised the Governor for not issuing a statement when Md Ilyas was manhandled. However, undaunted Mr Chakraborty continued to hold forth today to "comment on what had transpired in Nandigram today" in addition to the statement issued by the CPI-M state secretary, Mr Biman Bose, earlier in the day. At last describing the situation in Nandigram as “critical” Mr Chakraborty said that despite peace meetings there have been fresh violence due to some provocation. “We can understand there is provocation but from which quarter it is not completely clear to us. But we are figuring it out and would comment in the open when necessary.”
Mr Chakraborty also blamed the Trinamul Congress and Maoists for today’s violence saying they had used some of the local people as human shields and fired after which the locals ran towards Tekhali and took shelter in the local party office. Interestingly, Mr Chakraborty today failed to give the death toll since the party’s zonal office was set ablaze a few days back and they had failed to gather information. SNS