Kolkata, Nov 14 (UNI) Veteran Congress leader Siddhartha Shankar Ray today congratulated the people for organising the protest rally against Nandigram violence, while expressing anguish over his party leadership for ''non-appearance'' in the trouble-torn area.
Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Ray said it was necessary to solve the Nandigram problem immediately. '' Peace will come in the area either through imposition of President's Rule in East Midnapore and its bordering areas with the districts of West Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura and South 24-paragans or by convening an all party meeting.
He said, it was strange that barring Parliament Affairs Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, no central leaders, including AICC president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister Shivraj Patil and External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee did not even think of visiting the violence-hit Nandigram.
''I had already sent a letter to the Union Home Minister urging him to rush down to Bengal to listen to the voice of the people and talk to veteran marxist leader Jyoti Basu, the only living leader of the CPI (M) with some sense and sensibility as well as others including Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, the leaders of the Forward Bloc, RSP, CPI and the well known artists, poets, intellectuals and then assess the situation.'' He said UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi's presence in Nandigram and its adjoining areas will alter the situation considerably and solve many a problems.