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Mamata cool, BJP tries to woo her

india Updated: Nov 12, 2007 01:47 IST
Shekhar Iyer
Shekhar Iyer
Hindustan Times
Nandigram violence

With Nandigram on the boil again, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is least bothered whether the BJP supports her or not. But the BJP is in no mood to give up and plans to join other non-Left parties in taking up the issue in Parliament.

Leader of Opposition LK Advani will lead a BJP delegation comprising SS Ahluwalia, Karuna Shukla, Balbir Punj and Ashok Pradhan to Nandigram on Tuesday to make an on-the-spot assessment. When the trouble first broke out in Nandigram in March this year, Advani had led a NDA team to visit the affected areas. In December 2006, when Mamata was on fast, Rajnath Singh visited Singur and called on her to express solidarity.

Mamata has, however, kept her ties with the NDA wrapped in ambiguity. She is keener on having the Congress by her side in an effort to oust the CPM.

BJP leaders say Mamata may not need their help in West Bengal because of its insignificant presence but when it comes to taking up the fight against the Left at the national level, she cannot ignore the BJP. “Nor can we ignore her because she is the only opposition to the CPM unlike the Congress that enjoys power with its help.”

Describing the situation in Nandigram as explosive, BJP president Rajnath Singh said that thousands of villagers have been driven out of their homes in the face of unabated violence being unleashed by CPM cadres.

“The situation in Nandigram has completely gone out of the administration’s control. Many innocent people have already lost their lives and there is widespread fear that this situation may worsen leading to unprecedented bloodshed in Nandigram,” Singh said.

“The siege of Nandigram must be lifted at once and the Centre should intervene to restore normalcy. The elements responsible for the killings must also be brought to book and the injured and the dead be suitably compensated.”

“The violence in Nandigram has exposed the real face of the Left parties and their gross insensitivity towards humanity. It has reaffirmed that the state of West Bengal is sitting on a virtual tinderbox,” he said, adding that the Marxian way of establishing an SEZ through unprecedented violence is unacceptable.