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New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) The CPI(M) today said it was not averse to discussion on Nandigram happenings in Parliament but asserted that the issue could only be debated in the larger perspective of the SEZ issue and the threat of Maoists to internal security.

Terming as ''very unfortunate'' the stalling of Parliament by the BJP, the TC and other NDA allies, CPI(M) Floor leaders- Mr Sitaram Yechury and Mr Basudeb Acharia said, ''A specific law and order subject of a state cannot be discussed on the floor of the House.'' At a press conference, Mr Yechury, the CPI(M) Group Leader in the Lok Sabha and Mr Acharia, the party floor leader in the Lok Sabha, distributed to the mediapersons a 15-page open letter to the members of Parliament on the Developments in Nandigram stating, ''With the CRPF and the police setting up camps in Nandigram and patrolling the area, there has not been any further outbreak of violence.'' The CPI(M) leaders told the Left leaders, who are raising the demand for discussion on Nandigram on the floor of the House, that if they wanted a ''structured debate'' on Nandigram, the same could be held in accordance with the norms and rules of the Parliament only.

Only for subjects relating to state-communalism, atrocities on dalits and women, discussion can be held on the floor of the House, they added.

In reply to a query pertaining to an alleged gangrape of a Muslim woman by the CPI(M) cadres and that why it could not be a subject fit enough for disucussion, Mr Yechury said the state administration, the intelligence agencies and the security forces were looking into the case. A specific gangrape case could not become the subject matter of a debate in Parliament, he added.

''Our Federal structure is so designed that law and order is a state subject which is discussed in state assemblies,'' the CPI(M) leaders said, adding that when a similar demand relating to the killings of agitating farmers by police in Andhra Pradesh was made, the Speaker had rejected the demand terming it as a ''state subject.'' The leaders also blamed media for ''misreporting'' and quoting the killing of party activist Shankar Shamante by the Maoists as ''the handiwork of the CPI (M) workers.'' To another query, CPI(M) Chief Whip Rupchand Pal said, ''The party has come out with a list of all those 2,000 people who had been affected in the Nandigram violence with their names and addresses. If you have any other information let us know. Let them (TC and the Maoists) come out with such a list.'' Mr Pal said they had also come out with the list of as many as 27 party cadres who lost their lives in the Nandigram violence.

On National Security Advisor M K Narayanan's remark that the state government's handling of the Nandigram violence precipitated the crisis, Mr Yechury said, ''Mr Narayanan had also pointed out that the Maoists influence is spreading across the country. He has only vindicated our position.'' UNI KSA MS KP1656

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