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Party requests Mamata to attend Parliament

Senior Trinamool Congress leaders request Mamata Banerjee to attend the Parliament to raise the issue of political violence rocking the state in the Lok Sabha, reports Arindam Sarkar.

kolkata Updated: Apr 30, 2007 21:42 IST

Last night – following the renewed political violence in Nandigram – senior Trinamool Congress leaders requested Mamata Banerjee to attend the Parliament to raise the issue of political violence rocking the state in the Lok Sabha.

Mamata will take a final decision late tonight after her party Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy and MLA Saugata Roy – who have been sent to Nandigram on Monday to study the ground reality – returns and briefs her about the present situation.

This Parliament session ends on May 18. The Trinamool move comes following a damp reaction from the PMO after the Trinamool Rajya Sabha MP Dinesh Trivedi informed the Prime Minister’s Office on Sunday morning about the political clash that began at dawn in Nandigram.

Mamata has not attended this Parliament session for a single day. In fact, Mamata has been avoiding the Lok Sabha since the Monsoon Session of the Parliament last year, as she believes the House was not paying due attention to the developments in Nandigram.

"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is maintaining a mysterious silence when people are dying in political clashes instigated by the CPI(M) in Bengal. It is high time that the Congress convinces the PM about the urgency to act here," said Dinesh Trivedi.

Therefore, Mamata has been requested by the party MP and other leaders to go to Delhi to personally raise the issue in the Lok Sabha. And since Trinamool has no MP other than Mamata in the Lower House of the Parliament, they said, it was imperative for Mamata to be present there.

"I understand the necessity of being inside the Parliament at this stage. But then, there is so much tension and violence here, I do not know whether it would be wise for me to go to Delhi now," Mamata told Hindustan Times.

Meanwhile, Mamata has decided to send the Nandigram rape victims to Delhi soon along with the party leaders to demonstrate in front of the PM's residence.

Mamata is being further pressed by the party because it doesn’t want only the BJP to raise the issue in the Lok Sabha. Mamata of late has been keeping the BJP out of the movement in Nandigram and this is not lost on the BJP top brass who extended support to Mamata in her fight to protect the farmers’ land being grabbed by the CPI(M) to set up SEZ in Kolkata.

No wonder, leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party LK Advani has told Mamata over telephone that unless she comes to Delhi and briefs him about Nandigram, it would not be possible for the NDA allies to raise the issue in the Lok Sabha.

"True, LK Advaniji has requested me to brief him on Nandigram. He has also asked me to come to Delhi. But then, though being the sole party MP, I cannot just leave the city without taking other factors into consideration," said Mamata.

Apparently, Mamata is waiting for a crucial party decision on her visit to Nandigram in May. While a section of the senior leaders want Mamata to visit Nandigram within a couple of days to visit the families of her supports whose houses have been burnt and to meet party workers who have sustained bullet injuries on Sunday political clash.

Another section of the party leaders want Mamata to hold a public meeting at Khejuri, from were the CPI(M) is carrying out operations to enter Nandigram.

"We will request Mamata to hold a public meeting at Khejuri soon to boost the demoralised and scared villagers and then hold her next rally at Haldia on May 21," said Trinamool East Midnapore District president Sisir Adhikari.

First Published: Apr 30, 2007 21:40 IST