West Bengal:Where is Nandigram?

Governor ‘forgets’ Nandigram

        KOLKATA, March 6: The Governor, Mr Gopalkrishna Gandhi’s address in the state Assembly on the opening day of the Budget session today was silent about the Nandigram turmoil and the police firing at Dinhata killing five Forward Bloc activists, made only a passing reference to the outbreak of bird flu and Maoist activities in three districts and was, in the main, a litany of the state government’s “achievements”, particularly in the industrial sector.

      The House was rocked by protests against the Governor’s speech by Opposition MLAs, one of whom (Mrs Sonali Guha of the Trinamul Congress) wore the gear of health department personnel for culling virus-affected chickens, while some others draped round themselves posters on police firing at Nandigram and Dinhata, the state government’s “inept” handling of the avian flu and its “failure” to provide 100 days’ guaranteed work to the rural population.

          The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Partha Chatterjee, and the Leader of the Congress Legislature Party, Mr Manash Bhuniya, said the Governor’s speech had been scripted by Alimuddin Street and regretted that it didn’t reflect the anguish Mr Gandhi had felt hours after the police firing at Nandigram on 14 March last year or his condemnation after armed CPI-M goons “recaptured” Nandigram on 9 November.

The Governor’s speech dwelt on the state government’s initiatives in industrialising the state.

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