Wednesday, October 31, 2007

WB minister opposes CRPF deployment in Nandigram

Kolkata (PTI): Two days after Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee sought the deployment of CRPF forces to restore peace in Nandigram, his cabinet colleague and senior RSP leader Kshiti Goswami on Wednesday opposed the move saying it would send a "wrong message" to the people.

"CRPF deployment in Nandigram will send a wrong message to the people and the issue should be discussed in Left Front," Goswami, the PWD Minister told reporters.

He claimed that the CPI(M) wanted to discuss the issue bilaterally and not at the Left Front.

Stating that his party had resisted CRPF deployment during the last elections in the state, Goswami said, forces available in West Bengal would be able to tackle the situation "if properly utilised".

Bhattacharjee had on Monday spoke to Union Home minister Shivraj Patil and sought CRPF reinforcement from the Centre to contain violence in Nandigram

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