Nandigram wont divide Left Front: Basu

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Nandigram, Dec 26 (UNI) Left Front Chairman Biman Basu today said the ''conspiracy of the Opposition'' of dividing the rural poor playing the communal card will not succeed and the Left Front will emerge stronger mending any bridge that may have burnt between its allies.

Speaking at a huge rally here after peace returned to Nandigram after 11 months of violence and anarchy, Mr Basu, CPI(M) State Secretary, said, ''The Opposition tried their best to play the communal card and divide the rural poor. But we want them united for their development.'' ''The Left Front have always wanted the poor to unite and work for their progress. So those who have disturbed peace in Nandigram, will not be targetted while peace is being restored. We will bring back the peaceful past of Nandigram where all communities will live in harmony,'' he said taking a dig at the Bhumi Uchched Protirodh committee led by the Trinamool Congress.

''Unless peace is restored, prosperity would not follow,'' he said.

Admitting that Nandigram had caused some fissures in the Front, he said, ''The CPI(M) will sit for a dialogue with its partners and will resolve any difference of opinion that may exist. And we will present to the people a new and stronger Left Front.'' Forward Bloc had announced its intention of fighting the panchayat polls alone.

In fact All India Forword Bloc General Secretary Debabrata Biswas said in Barasat, North 24 Parganas, that his party would not hesitate to sever link with the Left Front major CPI(M), if the latter maintained its capitalist policy that they adopted in the name of industrial development in the state.

However, Mr Basu allayed all such fears stating the Left Front would be the same as it was in the state since last 30 years.

He said those who had lost their lives in the police firing were 'martyrs' and not only Rs two lakh be given to their kins but the education of their children taken care of and employment facilities given if they had young members in the family.


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