Monday, December 03, 2007

'Maoists attempting to entrench themselves in WB evicted'

New Delhi (PTI): Apparently seeking to justify the recapture of Nandigram, the CPI(M) on Monday claimed West Bengal was the only state from where Maoists, who were trying to entrench themselves there, have been evicted.

The party, heading the Left Front, also utilised Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi's visit to Nandigram to project that all was well in the area.

"There are so many states like Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh, where vast areas have come under the control of the Maoists. No administration functions in these 'liberated zones'. West Bengal is the only state from where they have been evicted," Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.

Replying to questions on the Nandigram issue, Yechury said the party Polit Bureau was taking stock of the situation there on the basis of a report submitted by the party's West Bengal Committee on the matter.

"The question is to restore peace and normalcy there. People are returning to their hearths and homes after 11 months. They are being provided money by the state government to buy utensils and even seeds to help them start a new life."

To a question about Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi's visit on Sunday to Nandigram, he said it was good that the Governor had first-hand experience of the situation there.

"The fact that he played cricket there shows normalcy has returned. Where is the fear psychosis being reported by the media," he asked.

Asked in a lighter vein about the Governor getting bowled out on the first ball, Yechury remarked "those who do not know (how to play), should not try it."

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