No other agenda but Nandigram first: BJP

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New Delhi, Nov 19 (UNI) The BJP today made it unequivocally clear to the UPA Government and the Left Parties that it would not allow any other business in both Houses of Parliament unless a discussion under any rule was taken up on Nandigram.

''Nandigram must take priority over all other issues,'' BJP leaders V K Malhotra and Sushma Swaraj asserted.

Rejecting the Left contention that it was purely a law and order problem in Nandigram, Mrs Swaraj said the issue was related to acquisition of fertile land, SEZ and killing of innocent people, including women, by the ruling party cadre.

''The NDA is determined not to allow any business in Parliament until Nandigram is discussed. NDA is meeting tomorrow to draw up its strategy on the floor of the House,'' Mr Malhotra and Mrs Swaraj said.

To a question, they said that former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee may not attend the meeting for health reasons.

CPM General Secretary Prakash Karat, they said, went on record to say that any matter related to farmers and women could be discussed in the House. This was the reason that Gujarat violence and Haryana police firing was discussed in Parliament. Discussion on Gujarat violence had taken place at least 20 times under some rule in Parliament, Mrs Swaraj claimed.

She accused the UPA Government of deliberately skipping a debate on Nandigram atrocities to woo the Left to support the government on the Indo-US Civil Nuclear Deal. ''We had given notices for discussion in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha but it was rejected. It is the Government which will not allow a debate on the matter which is being condemned by people from all walks of life, including by eminent CPM supporters,'' Mrs Swaraj said.

She said it was wrong to even equate Nandigram with Gujarat violence which was in nature a communal one, while in Nandigram it was violence by the CPM cadre in front of ''mute state police''.

The BJP, she said, agreed to not to press for an adjournment motion on Nandigram and therefore had given notices under rule 193, a short-duration discussion in Lok Sabha and suspension of Question Hour in Rajya Sabha to take up a debate on the issue.

The Centre, she said, cannot ignore the report of West Bengal Governor on the situation in Nandigram and that of the Home Secretary who went on record to say that there are no Maoists violence in the area. ''In fact he has claimed there is no Maoist in Nandigram,'' she said.

Mrs Swaraj said even if they accepted the CPM cadre there were Maoists. ''How can they justify the violence let loose by the CPM cadre. The same CPM has been lobbying for Maoist participation in government in Nepal,'' she added.


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