Staff Reporter

Left cadres flexing their muscles, says Vayalar Ravi

  • Left indulging in double-speak: Chandy
  • Make clear compulsion behind move to send the police to Nandigram: Sahai

    ALAPPUZHA: The Nandigram incident hogged the limelight during the district convention of the Congress here on Friday with several of the party's senior leaders lambasting the Left Front Government in West Bengal for the police firing that claimed 14 lives.

    Union Minister for Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi, who alleged that it was the muscle power of Left cadres that was handling law and order in West Bengal rather than the police, said the CPI(M)-led Government there was supporting a chemical hub to be developed by the `Salim Group,' in which the son of former Indonesian dictator Suharto had business interests.

    ``Suharto had massacred 30 lakh communists during his reign, and now the communists here are supporting a group in which his son has active interests,'' Mr. Ravi said, adding that the same party had once opposed the Tatas, but was now trying ``to hand over Singur to the Tatas.''

    Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Subodh Kant Sahai, who announced rice mill grants for paddy farmers from April 1, said the Left Front should make clear what was the ``compulsion behind the move to send 5,000 policemen to Nandigram.''

    Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy said the mismatch between what the Left said and did was increasing and the latest example was Nandigram.

    The Leader of the Opposition said he was ready to face any inquiry over the alleged diversion of tsunami funds in the State.