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“We are totally opposed to violence”

The 3 parties to oppose Mamata’s call for stir

KOLKATA: The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is solely responsible for the present developments in Nandigram, the three constituents of the ruling Left Front — the Communist Party of India, the All India Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party — concurred at a meeting here on Sunday.

“We do not support the wanton violence as a means to find a solution to the Nandigram situation and are totally opposed to it,” leaders of the three parties concluded. They were critical of the manner in which “a party” was “recapturing Nandigram” and would be conveying their collective decision to the CPI(M) State leadership.

“A volatile situation exists in Nandigram and adjoining areas. We demand that peace and normality be restored there for which proper administrative measures have to be taken,” a resolution adopted at the meeting said.

RSP State Secretary Debabrata Bandhopadhyay said the manner in which Nandigram was being “recaptured” and the “resulting bloodshed” were discussed at the two-hour meeting. The meeting was convened by Ashok Ghosh, veteran AIFB leader.

The three parties, however, said they would oppose Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s call for an indefinite State-wide agitation from Monday on Nandigram issue.

The Congress, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Socialist Unity Centre of India have also called a bandh for that day.

State PWD Minister Kshiti Goswami, a senior RSP leader, who had expressed his intention to resign in protest against the State government’s manner of handling the situation in Nandigram, was requested to re-consider his decision.

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