Tinamool Congress-led Bhoomi Uchched Pratirodh Committee leaders have assured Mamata Banerjee that they would soon regain control over Nandigram and drive out the CPM “mercenaries”.
On Monday morning, Mamata spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Moscow, the PMO in New Delhi and Union Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta. “The CPM has removed all evidence but I still want the PM and Sonia Gandhi to visit the killing fields of Nandigram. Let them see for themselves,” Mamata said.
The BUPC leaders told Mamata that by the end of winter the organisation would recapture all the areas lost to the CPM over the past week.
The assurance came after a blame game had begun in the BUPC and Congress camps over allowing CPM cadres to enter Nandigram and recapture lost territory.
“If the coming in of 1,700 CPM outsiders can lead to the loss of a huge area, what will happen when our 10,000
supporters driven out of Nandigram return home?” Trinamool district president Sisir Adhikari asked Mamata on Monday.
Under tremendous pressure for failing to resist the CPM onslaught, Adhikari explained to Mamata that the media was feeding wrong information about the extent of area recaptured by the CPM.
He told the Trinamool chief that of the 17 anchals of Nandigram, where the Trinamool-BUPC was still in control, the CPM goons had captured only five areas situated along the bank of the Haldi river.
State Congress working president Pradip Bhattacharya also agreed that the peace in Nandigram was a “temporary phenomenon”.
“I firmly believe that this was the second round and there would be more rounds in Nandigram. This peace is a mirage,” he said.
The district CPM leaders, too, have not ruled out the possibility of a retaliation by the BUPC supporters.
“We want the police to become more proactive and the administration to take all steps to sanitise the area. At the same time, we have decided to launch intense political movements in Nandigram to regain the confidence of the people,” said CPM district secretariat member in charge of Nandigram Ashok Guria.