CPI(M) sole responsible for Nandigram: Mini-front

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Kolkata, Nov 11: The mini-front, constituted by CPI, RSP and FB, today condemned the violence perpetrated in Nandigram over the last two days, stating that the CPI(M) was solely responsible for it.

The mini-front forms a part of the Left Front government that is at helm of the state for the last 30 years.

Talking to newspersons after the meeting of mini-front at the Forward Bloc (FB) state office for over two hours, CPI state secretary Manju Kumar Majumdar, representing the three parties, said, ''We, the mini-front, do not support, advocate or approve the unabated violence perpetrated in Nandigram over the last two days by the CPI(M) cadres trying to reclaim the lost land. We condemn the incident.'' ''We also want to make it known that CPI(M) is solely responsible for the course of events in Nandigram since yesterday,'' he stated.

''We also demand a rule of law in the region and peace process be started without any further delay. The government should take all necessary administrative steps to restore peace in the region,'' he added.

''The process can be possible through social and political dialogue,'' he said. The Front would also request Mr Kshiti Goswami to reconsider his desire to quit his post as a minister in the state government.

Mr Majumdar was flanked by RSP state secretary Debabrata Bandhopadhyay and Forward Bloc state secretary Ashok Ghosh. The meeting was attended by all the members of the three parties.

West Bengal PWD Minister Kshiti Goswami, who belongs to the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), desired to resign from the government in protest and said he would not attend his office in state secretariat Writers' Buildings from tomorrow.

''I don't want to attend office. I have communicated my decision to the party secretary and they would discuss in the party and take a decision,'' said Mr Goswami.

Three Left Front allies, Forward Bloc, RSP and Communist Party of India (CPI)- had called an emergency meeting of the mini-front to discuss the situation in Nandigram.

''We have called the meeting for discussing the issue of fresh violence in Nandigram. All senior party leaders are expected to attend the meeting,'' Mr Majumdar said.

Mr Majumdar said his party would act upon the decision taken by the Left partners in the meeting.

Senior CPI leader and West Bengal Water Resource Development Minister Nanda Gopal Bhattacharya had said the three-party meeting would decide how to initiate peace process and stop violence in Nandigram.


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