The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has said that there can be no comparison between the police firings in Khammam in Andhra Pradesh that killed six communists and in Nandigram in West Bengal that claimed over a dozen lives.
"Any effort to compare the situation in West Bengal to that in Andhra Pradesh is only an effort to mislead while continuing to brazenly oppose people's interests and uphold the vested interests," said an editorial in the latest issue of People's Democracy, the CPI-M mouthpiece.
"Such protection to the vested interests at the expense of the people will not be allowed," said the editorial written by politburo member Sitaram Yechury.
Six CPI-M activists were killed in police firing last week in Khammam while they were seeking land for the poor.
In CPI-M-ruled West Bengal's Nandigram, the police fired at people protesting against land acquisition for a special economic zone (SEZ) in collaboration with Indonesia's Salim group and a chemical hub.
According to Yechury, the Andhra Pradesh police gunned down "peaceful protestors" at Mudigonda in Khammam while "it was a pitched battle between armed unlawful gangs and the police in Nandigram".
Besides, he claimed the land struggle in Andhra Pradesh was a struggle to force the state government to implement its own election promises.
"In West Bengal, the efforts of the anti-Left forces are to prevent the Left Front from implementing its election promises of rapid industrialisation."
It alleged that efforts for meaningful negotiations with the government had failed due to the latter's intransigence and a "ruthless disinformation campaign" against the CPI-M.
The CPI-M reiterated its demands for setting up a commission to examine the entire question of assigned lands and to legalise the occupation of government land by eligible people.