Fourteen persons were killed and 34 injured when the police opened fire on a violent crowd in the strife-torn Nandigram area in West Bengal on 2007-03-14. Claiming that more than 20 persons were killed and 200 injured in the firing, Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee has called a 12-hour Statewide “general strike” for Friday. This has resulted in the rescheduling of higher secondary examinations, which were to begin that day. The Congress and the BJP too gave a call for a 12-hour and 24-hour strike that day. The Trinamool and the Congress have demanded that Article 356 (President’s Rule) be invoked in the State in view of the “total breakdown of law and order.”
Members of both parties walked out of the Assembly in protest against the police firing and demanded a statement from Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. The Purbo Mednipur district Kisan Sabha and the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, both affiliated to the Communist Party of India (Marxist), called a 12-hour bandh from 5 p.m. on Wednesday in protest against attempts by troublemakers to resist the move to restore normality in Nandigram.
Simmering tension continued to prevail here on Thursday in the wake of violence and police firing that claimed at least 11 lives even as security personnel patrolled affected villages to prevent further recurrence of trouble.
Amidst protests and walk-out by opposition parties, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee on Thursday justified the police firing at Nandigram in which 14 villagers were killed, while reiterating that the SEZ would not be set up there against the wishes of people.
I’m just wondering where this Marxism goes. They have been with the poor and labors. Even the party calls itself as the party of low running. But a respectable leader of the same party now stands at the post of Col. Diar, who wanted to suppress the freedom moment with arms at JalianWala bagh. Well the only difference is, the incident happened in the free India, while the other happened in British India.
Budh Deva have to at least be just toname Budha who has taught Ahimsa (non-violence). Left politics is slowly losing their respect. I do not think they are still with the ordinary mass. They in words are social and in deeds are capitalists. Remember, people are watching it. And they understand Marxism is to reach the end of days. I just doubt if Budha Deva could win again in West Bengal.