Friday, December 7, 2007

Two voices of Buddha

The Statesman

Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, Dec. 6: The chief minister, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, might have sounded apologetic in Delhi for the administrative and political failure in bringing peace at Nandigram, but today, he returned to his old aggressive style of blaming the Opposition for the blood-letting from 5 to 12 November .
The chief minister maintained studied silence on the recapture of Nandigram villages while replying to Opposition criticism during an adjournment motion in the House.
Rather, he said that despite the turmoil in Nandigram, the state registered a record investment of Rs 1.50 lakh crore during the January-December period, prompting a walkout by the Trinamul and Congress MLAs.
Earlier, the Speaker, Mr Hasim Abdul Halim, admitted an adjournment motion on Nandigram moved by leader of the Opposition, Mr Partha Chattopadhyay, which was supported by the Congress.
Mr Bhattacharjee, who on Tuesday admitted that Nandigram was an “administrative and political failure”, told the House today that there would be more investments in the state in the coming year.
He said the chemical hub would be a reality in the state and the government had changed the site of the project from Nandigram to Nayachar. He spoke much on industrialisation than on Nandigram massacre following its recapture.
Rather, he squarely blamed the Opposition and even said Mr Sisir Adhikary and Mr Subhendu Adhikary , TMC MLAs had prior knowledge of police movement in Nandigram on 14 March. He also said these two MLAs were aware of Maoists presence in the area.
He also said: “I have told the Prime Minister, Union home minister and external affairs minister that state Congress is forming front with Trinamul Congress, BJP and Maoists.”

539 political clashes

There have been 539 political clashes in the state since 2005 where 77 persons were killed and 1302 were injured. The chief minister said 1710 were arrested while answering a question in the house put forward by Mr Abu Taher Khan, Congress MLA. He also admitted that political clashes were highest in East Midnapore followed by West Midnapore, Burdwan and Murshidabad.