BJP slams Cong, CPM on ''silencing'' Nandigram in Parliament

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Hyderabad Nov 21 (UNI) Finding fault with the CPI (M) for opposing a discussion in Parliament over the Nandigram issue, former BJP President M Venkaiah Naidu accused the Congress, leading the UPA Government at the Centre, of ''compromising'' with the Left for the sake of its ''survival.'' ''It is sheer double standards on the part of the CPI(M). When Godhra and Babri Masjid incidents can be discussed in Parliament, why not the Nandigram violence,'' he asked at a press conference here.

Murder, rape, looting and torching of houses had happened in Nandigram at an unprecedented level and even West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi had termed the happenings ''unacceptable,'' he recalled.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had termed the violence ''unfortunate'' instead of condemning it, he claimed, adding that as the Left parties extended the crucial outside support to the UPA Government, the Congress was neither able to ''swallow or spit'' (the CPI-M) for the sake of power.

The Marxists in Andhra Pradesh had demanded resignation of Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy in the wake of the Mudigonda police firing on July 28 and did not allow the bodies of the deceased to be taken for last rites till Rs five lakh ex gratia was announced by the State Government, he recalled, adding that only Rs two lakh was sanctioned in West Bengal.

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