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Very good: CM

Calcutta, Nov. 20: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today said he agreed with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s views on Nandigram and shared his concern.

“The Prime Minister has made the right statement. It’s a very good statement and I welcome it. I share the Prime Minister’s concern and spirit. We are one with the Prime Minister as far as the issues pointed out by him are concerned,” he said, before leaving Writers’ Buildings.

“We agree with the Prime Minister’s views. Steps have been taken in accordance with what he said. Further steps will also be initiated.”

Asked about Singh’s advice that the state government should take note of the spontaneous outpouring of grief by the people, artists and intellectuals, the chief minister said: “I haven’t seen the statement in detail. But the basic things which he has said are right.”

Bhattacharjee said he had spoken to the Prime Minister and Union home minister Shivraj Patil earlier. “But today I didn’t have any talks with Shivraj Patil.”

On the National Human Rights Commission’s observations equating Nandigram with Godhra, the chief minister said his party has sent a memorandum.

CPM and CPI leaders today wrote to the NHRC chief, accusing him of bias. “We regret to say that your statement shows bias and prejudice and we apprehend that it will influence any report by the institution you head.”

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