Lucknow, Nov 19 (UNI) Expressing his soft corner towards the Left parties on the boiling Nandigram issue, former prime minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh today said they could have better avoided the situation, which was only damaging their image.
''The recent incidents at Nandigram in West Bengal are unfortunate and such situation could have been prevented,'' Mr Singh told mediapersons here.
Refusing any harsh comment on the Left, the former PM maintained that such a situation would only damage the political ideology of these parties.
He also refused to react when asked if the Nandigram issue was similar to Godhra.
''I am always against the use of Article 356 of the Constitution...but pressure should be mounted on the West Bengal government to protect the farmers' interests,'' he noted.
Mr Singh further added that he had no intention to visit Nandigram in future, even as he clarified that he once went there in support of Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee's hunger strike on the matter.