Police firing in Nandigram was an unjust act and there was no need to resort to firing, the CPI has observed after its two-day state council meeting. The crucial meting, held to review the fallout of the massacre, also observed that the CPI(M) had not taken any lesson even after the incident and was trying to maintain its hegemony through violence in Khejuri.
“It was an unjust act. There was no need for the police firing. This reflects the failure of the state government and administration. This has only given a handle to reactionary forces to take advantage of the situation,” the CPI state council said in a statement on Monday. It also expressed dissatisfaction over the concept of building Special Economic Zones as models of development.
In a resolution passed during the meeting, the CPI observed that the CPI(M)’s failure to take lessons from Singur had resulted in Nandigram. Yet, the party is not learning even from the mistakes committed in Nandigram and was resorting to violence in the Khejuri area instead of trying to take the people into confidence.
Lamenting that the Left Front in Bengal had failed to emerge as a model in the country the CPI observed that its only job seems to be merely trying to stay in power. It had been expected that the Left in Bengal would take the lead in building movements against the Centre’s anti-people policies. But it had failed, the CPI observed in its resolution and went on to add that police firing in Nandigram alienated the Left-minded people not only of the country but even those living abroad.
The scathing criticism by the CPI comes in the midst of the CPI(M)’s massive damage control exercise. The big brother has decided that while the government would take a soft stand for the present and admit its mistakes in Nandigram to win back lost ground, the CPI(M) would take a harder stand, describe the Nandigram incident as a result of the Opposition’s conspiracy and enthuse party workers to resist it aggressively.