Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi might soon have to face some tough times with not just the opposition Trinamool Congress, but even their own party members planning to take the Nandigram issue to Delhi alleging Centre’s indifference towards the problem.
While the Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee has threatened to take her party’s agitation program to Delhi and hold demonstrations in front of the prime minister’s residence along with the rape victims of Nandigram if the central government fails to take action against the Left-ruled state government and prefers to remain onlooker, the Pradesh Congress has decided to send a high-level delegation to Delhi next month to urge the central leadership to intervene into the problem and restrain the Left government.
On Saturday, WBPCC working president Pradip Bhattacharya announced that a high-level delegation would be visiting Delhi around mid-May. The delegation would meet the prime minister, the Congress president and will also seen an appointment with the President APJ Abdul Kalam to apprise them of the ‘explosive situation’ at Nandigram over land acquisition for industries and what was happening in the name of land acquisition in Bengal.
"The Centre should have been more active on the question of law and order at Nandigram, though it is a state subject, by exploring legal and constitution aspects. The delegation would urge the centre to take immediate steps and find solutions to ensure that another Nandigram like incident do not take place as the situation here is real bad and anything can happen anytime," said Bhattacharya.
Congress has also decided to start a law violation program at all the district headquarters between mid-May and July over the Nandigram and land acquisition issue and hold a workers’ meet at Netaji Indoor stadium on July 1.
While the Trinamool leadership has threatened to stage dharna along with the rape victims of Nandigram in front of the prime minister’s residence to protests the central government’s indifference towards the Nandigram killing.
"By managing the Centre, the state government is conniving to cover up all the evidences of March 14 genocide. But the central government cannot just stay away from the issue saying that law and order was a state subject, as women, children, minority community are being subjected to torture and killing. And in such a situation, the centre has constitutional obligation and the prime minister cannot remain silent spectator. Or, does the prime minister want us to go to Delhi to stage a demonstration in front of his residence with the Nandigram rape victims, which the whole world will see? And we will do it if required," said Mamata.
She, however, didn’t give any specific date when she might head for Delhi and only said that everything will depend on the Centre’s actions.