Centre to decide on Taslima issue: Yechury

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Hyderabad, Dec 1: CPI(M) Polit bureau member Sitaram Yechury today maintained that it was for the Centre to decide where Bangaldeshi writer Taslima Nasreen should stay.

Parrying a volley of questions relating to her shifting from Kolkota, he told reporters at a news conference that ''in whichever state, the Centre asked her to stay, the state government concerned should provide her adequate security''.

Replying to a question, he said the question of the West Bengal Government allowing her to stay in Kolkota or otherwise would not arise as it was for the Centre to decide on the issue.

Asked about the protest led by the All India Minority Forum for revocation of her visa, he said the trouble had started after the violent protest by AIMIM activists in Hyderabad recently.

Evading a direct reply to the praise showered by Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) President K Chandrasekar Rao on the Nizam rule in the erstwhile Hyderabad state, the Marxist leader asserted that the Telangana armed struggle by the Communists had ensured distribution of ten lakh acres of land to poor farmers.

The struggle also put the land reforms on the national agenda leading to amending the Constitution to put the land-related issues in the Ninth schedule, he added.


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