Restore peace immediately, Cong tells WB Govt

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New Delhi, Nov 21 (UNI) The Congress today expressed grave concern over large-scale violence relating to Nandigram and other issues, and asked the West Bengal Government to restore law and order without further delay and stop blaming others for the deteriorating situation.

''We reiterate our anguish over large-scale violence, loss of lives and armed hostilities against various sections of society, and call upon the West Bengal Government to bring a halt to violence and restore peace and law and order at the earliest possible time,'' Congress spokesperson Jayanti Natarajan told reporters here.

Replying to a question, she said: ''To place the blame on the Trinamool Congress cadres is an attempt by the West Bengal Government to divert attention from its acts of omission and commission''.

She said it was the Constitutional responsibility of the State Government to ensure that such hostilities did not occur.

''This is a very serious issue which impact the lives of ordinary citizens, pareticularly women, children, minorities and the poorest of the poor,'' she said.

She said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had already expressed his concern over the matter.

On the granting of visa to Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, she said it was a matter to be dealt by the Home Ministry on merit.

Responding to another query, she said it was incorrect and unjust to the Congrees to link the Nandigram issue to the Indo-US nuclear deal.

UNI

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