Cong terms Nandigram national tragedy
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Cong terms Nandigram national tragedy

Congress terms Nandigram violence a national tragedy and asks the Centre and the state to work together to provide compensation to victims.

india Updated: Nov 21, 2007 19:26 IST

The Congress on Wednesday termed Nandigram violence as a national tragedy and asked the Centre and the state to work together to provide compensation to victims.

"Nandigram has been a national tragedy and the situation is still far from normal. Both the state and the Centre should work towards providing adequate compensation to the victims," Congress MP from Rajya Sabha, Karan Singh said.

BJP MP and former Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha said the "true character of an individual or a party is recognised only during a crisis. True face of the CPM has been revealed in the Nandigram crisis. There is no difference between the autocratic rule of Hitler, Stalin and Buddhadev Bhattacharjee."

Eminent lawyer and Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani said the government there must quit or apologise and compensate the victims of Nandigram adequately.

"The unfortunate killing and rape of innocent people and the migration therafter are direct consequences of Communists' wrongdoing there," Jethmalani told PTI.

"We are pleading that Modi government be dismissed because of its wrongdoing and the same logic should be applied here (West Bengal)," the MP said.

Samajwadi Party MP Salim Sherwani, however, said "it is not the ground for removing an elected government. It is time we rise above party politics and take some decision in the interest of the people."

"No body can defend what happened in Nandigram. There is severe violation of human rights there. The need of the hour is to provide a healing touch," Sherwani said.

First Published: Nov 21, 2007 19:21 IST