Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee chose Nandigram,where 14 persons were killed in police firing on this day in 2007,to launch her party’s campaign for the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal on Saturday.
“The entire world has come to know how atrocious and autocratic the CPI(M) is and how the Marxists deprive the rights of poor farmers and workers to appease the rich,” Mamata Banerjee told a rally in Nandigram in East Midnapore district.
Daring the CPI(M)-led Left Front government to try to “suppress democracy” as it did two years ago,the Trinamool supremo said “I would like to dedicate my party’s poll manifesto to the martyrs of Nandigram.”
The manifesto would be released by the party,which has allied with the Congress for the Lok Sabha elections,in four to five days,she said.
Recalling the days of violence,Banerjee said “people who resisted in parting with their land faced the wrath of the police and the Marxists who did not hesitate to shoot them down,assault them,rape women and inflict atrocities.”
The stiff resistance of the people to the setting up of a chemical hub at Nandigram had forced the state government to shelve it and later shift it to Nayachar island.
Banerjee also introduced party nominees,Subhendu Adhikary (Tamluk),his father Sisir Adhikary (Contai) and Seuli Saha (Vishnupur).