The Nandigram incident was not linked to land acquisition, rather it was a "conspiracy" to pull down the Left Front government in West Bengal, CPI-M's Orissa unit secretary Janardan Pati said on Saturday.
"We don't support the unfortunate happenings which led to the death of 14 villagers, but there was a need for the police to move in as anarchy was being perpetuated in the area at the behest of opponents of CPI-M," Pati said.
"The Trinamool Congress, Maoists and Jamait-e-Hind had joined hands to dislodge the government. It is part of the same conspiracy which has been going on for 30 years as our opponents have repeatedly failed to defeat us in elections in West Bengal," he said.
Pati claimed that the decision to send the police into the area had been taken at an all-party meeting held on March 10.
Referring to the Kalinga Nagar incident in Orissa over a year ago, the CPI-M leader said the police had gone to the upcoming steel hub of Orissa to acquire land for industries.
"But the case was just the opposite at Nandigram," he insisted.
When asked about the disgust expressed by intellectuals in West Bengal including literateurs, film personalities and artistes over the incident, Pati said it was natural as it was an emotive issue.