As battlefield Nandigram continues to simmer, the Governor Gopalakrishna Gandhi has aggressively taken on the state government on Saturday (November 10) blaming it for letting the law and order situation get out of hand and the CPM on the other hand accused the West Bengal Governor of crossing the constitutional limit and said his criticism of the party’s role in Nandigram could spark further violence.
The moot question is — ‘why is the Centre not taking a stand on the issue and is remaining a mute spectator.’ Nearly 10 villages in Nandigram were wrested by CPM cadres, forcing Trinamool Congress backed protesters out.
The Centre and the Left already have a tenuous relationship over the Indo-US nuke deal and with the Parliament slated to begin later this week, the Centre possibly does not want to antagonzie the Left by raking up Nandigram.
And even as a silent West Bengal Chief Minister — Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee — tried to underplay it, the West Bengal Governor — Gopalkrishna Gandhi — minced no words as he lambasted Buddhadeb government for letting a war-like zone fester within the state.
In a strong criticism of the ruling Left Front major CPI-M, the West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi termed the crisis in Nandigram as "unlawful and unacceptable" the manner of recapture of villages in Nandigram which has become a "war zone".
The WB Governor — Gopalkrishna Gandhi — said, "The manner in which the recapture of Nandigram villages is being attempted is totally unlawful and unacceptable. A large number of armed persons from outside the district have, it is undeniable, forced themselves onto villages in Nandigram Block one and two for territorial assertion. Thousands of villages have consequently been intimidated into leaving their homes. No government or society could allow a war zone to exist without immediate and effective action."
CPM Sources: ‘One-sided statement’
Nandigram has become a political flashpoint between Governor Gopalkrishan Gandhi and the CPM led government in West Bengal. Meanwhile, the CPM has taken strong exception to Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi’s remarks calling the party’s actions "unlawful and unacceptable" and turning Nandigram into a "war zone".
The CPM is expected to officially react to Governor’s remarks later on Saturday (Nov 10). Meanwhile, the CPM sources have told TIMES NOW that they are upset with the Governor over raising Nandigram issue at this point of time. The sources further questioned as to why there was no reaction to what TMC did in Nandigram and are calling the Governor’r current statement as a one-sided statement.
CPM irked over Governor’s statement
Meanwhile, the CPI (M) had a meeting on Saturday (Nov 10) and criticised the Governor for making a political statement.
Some of the dissent was evident from what CPI(M) Central Committee member Shyamlal Chakraborty said:"The Governor expressed concern for some respected personalities being stopped from entering Nandigram, but he did not express concern over local MLA from Nandigram being dragged out of his car and beaten up. The people expect impartial statements from the Governor."
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Chief — Mamata Banerjee — also took on the government and said:"Governor has said the right thing at the right time. CPI(M) cadres, with the help of the police, have captured villages in Nandigram and unleashed atrocities on the innocent people."
Speaking today, CPM general secretary Biman Bose lashed out at the Governor accusing him of crossing constitutional limits by going public with his criticism of the state government. Reading out from a CPM Politburo statement, Bose said that just like the governor said ‘enough is enough