Friday, November 16, 2007

Nandigram to rock Parliament

The Statesman

NEW DELHI, Nov. 15: Nandigram is set to rock Parliament from 19 November, its first working day this winter session, as the principal Opposition BJP, in a bid to put both the CPM-led Left Front and the Congress-led UPA in the dock, is raring to move an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha on the issue. It has contended that the Nandigram atrocities of West Bengal amounted to a “civil war” and must be discussed in Parliament in the same manner as the 2002 Gujarat riots had been debated several times. The Left parties, which rule West Bengal, are fiercely opposed to be parliamentary debate on the Nandigram issue on the ground that it is a “state subject”.
The BJP, however, argues that the Nandigram affair could not be restricted to being a state issue exclusively since it is linked with the larger issue of acquisition of farm land for establishing Special Economic Zone (SEZ), which is a Central subject.
CPM poser
The CPI-M says the intellectuals who are raising their voices against the party on Nandigram should ponder over the forces with which they are aligning on the issue. In an editorial in the forthcoming issue of its official journal, People’s Democracy, the party says a big seizure of arms, meant for Maoist groups, in October 2006 in West Bengal had exposed the Maoist threat in the state.