Wednesday, November 21, 2007

PM: Restore people’s faith

The lips are sealed in a terror-stricken Nandigram. On Tuesday. - Rajib De

Bengal urged to remedy nandigram situation
Press Trust of India

In a stern message, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today asked the West Bengal government to take note of the “spontaneous outpouring” of grief and anguish over Nandigram incidents and undertake “necessary steps” to restore confidence of the people through effective deployment of security forces.
In his first public comment on the issue, Dr Singh described the developments in Nandigram as “unfortunate”.
It was unusual for the Prime Minister in the midst of a free-wheeling Press conference on board his special aircraft to read out a brief prepared statement when asked about his assessment of the trouble-torn area.
“The events in Nandigram are unfortunate. I condole the loss of lives and regret the destruction of property,” he said.
“I sincerely hope the state government will be able to take necessary steps to restore confidence in the people through effective deployment of security forces,” Dr Singh said.
“It is the duty of the state government to ensure that all sections of the population, regardless of their political views and affiliations, are entitled to and do receive protection of law enforcement authorities,” he said.
“I understand this spontaneous outpouring of grief and anguish over the issue as expressed by artistes and intellectuals in Kolkata. I hope the state government will take note of this,” Dr Singh said.
The Prime Minister said he had asked home minister Mr Shivraj Patil to be in touch with Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on the issue.
Asked whether the Nandigram issue would be taken up for discussion in Parliament, he said the presiding officers of both Houses were engaged in the exercise of whether there should be a debate or not. “I would not like to comment while I am out of the country,” he said.

Discussion on this Pageone item
Disclaimer: These are Internet generated discussion threads for which the The Statesman has no responsibility.

I care about all ordinary Indians no matter where they live or what language they speak.
I want peace in Nandigram but people of Bengal has much more faith in CM and CPM than Sonia or Congress-I. Congress has no credibility to attack Bengal government because progress in Bengal cannot be

RE:PM: Restore people’s faith
Acharya - Ji. I always thought of you a devout Hindu who has an IMAGE of INDIA as a Woman called MOTHER INDIA. I am not sure what your label is. But you promoting Buddha to tackle the Prime Ministe