Gurudas terms Nandigram incident shocking; justifies compensation

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Kolkata, Nov 17 (UNI) Senior Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Gurudas Dasgupta today described as ''shocking'' the Nandigram incident even as the matter could not be discussed in Parliament.

Talking to newspersons here, Mr Dasgupta, MP, said the Nandigram incident could not be equated with that of Gujarat incident and the question of taking up the matter for discussion in Parliament could not arise.

'' Parliament has its own rules and regulations and a state's law and order situation cannot be discussed in the House, ''he reiterated and described yesterday's Calcutta High Court verdict asking the state government to pay compensation to the next kin of the victims as justified.

Ruling out the existence of any '' mini front'' within the Left Front, Mr Dasgupta said the difference of opinion would be hammered out soon.

The happenings in strife-torn Nandigram had put a stumbling block to the development in the area, he said adding had the state government acted much earlier, the Maoists could not have set up their base in the embattled area.

Waxing eloquent about the CPI' trade union AITUC, Mr Dasgupta demanded immediate introduction of maternity benefit in the state and called for rooting out rampant corruption in the system.

The CPI leader said trade union activists would gherao Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's residence next year demanding reservation for the women and introduction of maternity benefits.

UNI

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