WB Left finds international conspiracy in Nandigram
The Left leaders say incidents at Singur and Nandigram have hands of “domestic and foreign reactionary agencies," report Drimi Chaudhuri and Subhendu Maiti.india Updated: Apr 05, 2007 23:54 IST
From the removal of the Communist government in Kerala in 1959 to the present situation at Nandigram, everything is part of a conspiracy for Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and CPI (M) state secretary Biman Bose. And they reiterated as much, while attending a function to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Communist government in the country, starting with the state government of EMS Namboodripaad at Kerala in 1957, which was in power for 28 months. State labour minister Muhammad Amin, Krishak Sabha leader Benoy Konar and senior leader from Kerala, E. Balanandan also attended the ceremony.
While Bose said that the US counterintelligence agency CIA has paid money to topple EMS’ government in 1959, even the present incidents at Singur and Nandigram have hands of “domestic and foreign reactionary agencies." Quoting from A Dangerous Place, a book by former CIA chief Patrick Moyhnihan, Bose said, “It is time to realise that reactionary forces have always stood between Communists and social development. Moynihan revealed in his book that money was paid to Congress leaders, including then party president Indira Gandhi, to topple the Marxist government at Kerala in 1959, just like in Indonesia to remove Sukarno."
Bose further said, "Bengal is facing a similar situation presently but people know the difference. May be years later we would come to know that similar reactionary agents are attacking the Chief Minister and his policy of industrialisation.”
Echoing similar feelings, Bhattacharjee said that the protests at Singur, Nandigram and other places have brought together strange partners. "Trinamool, BJP, Congress, Naxalite organizations, some NGOs, along with some unwelcome guests, people of various political colours, have ganged up against us. But no one knows who these people actually are. No one knows which side of the barricade they were when we were fighting against capitalism in 1957, 1967 or 1969," he said.
Bhattacharjee also said that an extension of Congress’ exploitation since Independence has been its misuse of Article 356, imposing President’s rule on states where they have fared badly. "Congress used this move to remove EMS’ government as they did with the Left-ruled United Front government in Bengal in 1967 and 1969. Recently Congress tried to impose Article 356 to remove Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party government in UP but we opposed it. Presently, however, an amendment allows people to go to court if the Article is imposed, which was not there earlier," he said.
While the Chief Minister pointed out that a debate was presently raging across the state over industrialisation, he said, “They have formed a Jami Bachao Committee to save farmlands but this body seems unaware that our government has distributed 83 per cent of the 1.35 crore acres of cultivable land to landless farmers. We do not need to learn land reforms from anybody because we implemented it for the first time in India, which was our election pledge," he said.
Bhattacharjee, however, asserted that despite hurdles, industrialisation would continue in the state. “We are running an experiment in the state. While we know about the national economic condition, it is not possible for us to create a separate economics being just a province. However, we are trying to find a Leftist alternative," he stated.
While for Bhattacharjee and Bose this was a damage control measure, state industries minister was meeting doctors attached with state-run healthcare services to convince them of the industrialisation policy. During a seminar organised by CPI (M)-affiliated Association of Health Service Doctors, Sen said while addressing doctors, “We have committed some mistakes at Nandigram because people who work commit mistakes. Doctors also commit mistakes while treating patients and patients die of wrong treatment. That is why we have to rectify.” He further said that after "excellent work" in land reforms it was the turn of industrialisation. “However, the Opposition and a section of media are opposing our policies."
First Published: Apr 05, 2007 23:51 IST