New Delhi, Nov 15 (UNI) Having caught the Communists on the wrong foot on the Nandigram violence and massacre, the NDA leadership today decided to embarrass them by seeking to raise the issue in both the Houses on November 19 when Parliament resumes after Chhat- celebrations.
Speaking to newspersons after a half-hour meeting, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said the leaders were apprised of the horrific scenes witnessed by the NDA delegation when they visited Nandigram and its adjourning areas where terror had been unleashed on the hapless villagers by the ruling CPI(M) cadre.
The villagers were uprooted from their ancestral homes and young women were subjected to rape, while young, old and children from both majority and minority communities were mercilessly murdered.
The NDA wanted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to be present during discussions in both the Houses not just when the Nandigram issue was discussed but also on Indo-US Nuclear Deal issue.
The coalition leaders were provided with a detailed account by Mr Chandan Mitra, the Nominated Member of Rajya Sabha who was among the nine member team which visited the troubled spot on November 13.
She said the Opposition parties would be raising the Nandigram massacre aggresively to expose the hollow intentions of the Left parties who had taken the farmers for granted and had unleashed its cadres to attack the villagers mercilessly, while the West Bengal Chief Minister was defending this ''civil war'' like situation created by his men.
Nandigram massacre was no ordinary law and order situation, rather it was a war like situation involving the acquisition of lands for Special Economic Zone (SEZ). The Centre had already sent paramilitary forces to control the situation.
According to the report on Nandigram released to the media, silence of the graveyard prevailed in Nandigram after the CPI(M) cadre executed its meticulously designed diabolical plan over the Diwali weekend to recapture the lands.
The State Governor had described this action as ''illegal and unacceptable'' on November 10 resulting in the mass exodus of people unwilling to surrender to the CPI(M) tyranny. The scare was such that only elderly women and children were visible and majority of men had gone into hiding.
The team also said they were astounded by the clincal precision of the ruling party's plan where the Nandigram hospital was kept empty to give an impression that there was no violence during the weekend, despite the scribes having witnessed the hospital overflowing with grieviously injured persons just a day earlier.
The cadre had asked the patients to vacate the hospital after they heard of the visit of the NDA team to Nandigram. The delegation was mobbed by desperate women searching for their family members, including a 10-year-old boy whose mother had been shot dead and his father missing.
Terror, the report said, was all pervasive and people were afraid of speaking in public. Many women confided their apprehensions in hushed tones and sought the delegation's help to locate their family members, who had been classified as 'missing' by the officials only to keep the toll low.
Every villager who wished to return to their homes were made to obtain a 'no-objection certificates' and asked to live in the area on the condition that they shall not speak to the media members.
At Kamalapur, a two storey 'pucca' building had been reduced to structures and all other articles were gutted by the CPI(M) cadres.