Left stands vindicated on truth behind Nandigram killings, says CPI(M)
Days after Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused her then confidant and present rival Suvendu Adhikari of being involved in the 2007 violence in Nandigram, the CPI(M) on Thursday said the remarks vindicated the party's stand and "exposed the truth about the incident" in which 14 people lost their lives.
"From the right-wing RSS, the fundamentalist forces to the ultra-Left and the Maoists -- all ganged up, brought in illegal arms to create this unrest in Nandigram in 2007. Now, everything is exposed. Both Mamata and the Adhikaris have confirmed this," said Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury.
At a public meeting on Sunday, Mamata accused both Suvendu Adhikari and his father Sisir Adhikari of allowing the police to enter Nandigram in 2007. She also accused the father-son duo of allowing "police wearing slippers" to enter the village in West Bengal's East Midnapore district.
Fourteen villagers protesting against land acquisition in Nandigram were killed, many by police firing, on March 14, 2007. The Left Front, led by the CPI(M), was in power in Bengal then.
Reacting to Mamata’s remarks, Yechury said the comments finally "vindicated" his party's stand on the incident that occurred more than a decade ago. "There are reports that Suvendu Adhikari has claimed Mamata knew the value of every bullet that was fired and the names of those on whom they were fired on. This is the fact, we had said it then and it was correct. The truth has been exposed but it took them more than 10 years to admit this," Yechury told PTI.
He also said Thursday's violence in Nandigram will have an effect on polling. "Violence is still underway in the town and people are not being allowed to vote. The Election Commission is silent on the matter," the Left leader said.
Speaking of Mamata’s letter to Opposition parties, calling for a unified fight against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he said the CPI(M) was pushing for such a stand from all the secular, non-BJP parties in the run-up to the 2019 general election. But he added that his party had not received any such letter from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo.
The CPI(M) was quick to latch on to Mamata’s comments to train its guns on the TMC. On its verified Facebook page, the party wrote that Mamata’s speech had proved that "her TMC" plotted a deep-rooted conspiracy and the then Opposition party in Bengal was behind the killings of the 14 villagers in Nandigram in 2007.