“Hundreds of women, children could not return due to continuing atrocities”
KOLKATA: Why a Union Minister from West Bengal is opposed to the deployment of the Central Reserve Police Force in Nandigram as sought by the State government when those belonging to States such as Andhra Pradesh and Assam, are agreeable to such deployments in their States, Brinda Karat, Communist Party of India (Marxist) Polit Bureau member, said here on Sunday.
It must be remembered “that the CRPF is Central Reserve Police Force and not Congress Reserve Police Force,” she said, referring to a reported remark by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi that the security forces were being sent to the State on the condition that they were not deployed in the troubled Nandigram area.
Addressing an open session of the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA) at the end of the organisation’s four-day 8th national conference, Ms. Karat called for a nation-wide campaign “against the lies and false propaganda” being resorted to by those taking recourse to “opportunistic politics” and “engaging in politics with guns” over the Nandigram issue.
Hundreds of women and children, who were driven out of their homes in the face of months of hostilities in the Nandigram area, could not return because of “continuing atrocities” on people “by those who, having failed to win votes, have resorted to illegal means by setting up a mahajot [grand anti-Left alliance] with the purpose of serving only political interests in the name of safeguarding those of the poor,” Ms. Karat said.
There was “a conspiracy” to undermine the interests of the poor in Nandigram, she said.
She said: “When the government here realised that people were falling victim to this conspiracy, the Chief Minister assured the local people that their land would not be acquired and decided to call off the project to set up a chemical hub if the people were opposed to it.
“I challenge any other Chief Minister – heading either a Congress or Bharatiya Janata Party government to make such an announcement.”
No other government could claim to have brought about land reforms and handed over land to the landless as done by the Left Front government in West Bengal.
Referring to atrocities against women and social injustices, Ms. Karat alleged that in Haryana there were 103 such cases over the past four months where the government and the police had connived with certain sections of society opposed to respecting the rights of consenting adults to marry.
Atrocities committed by the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat were being condoned by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee because of her “friendship with the Sangh Parivar”, Ms. Karat alleged.
In contrast, police officers here were transferred over the death of Rizwanur Rahman in keeping with the “progressive culture” that existed in West Bengal.
“We are with Rizwanur Rahman’s family and want justice and action against those found guilty [of involvement in the death of the computer graphics teacher],” she asserted.