OUTLOOK INDIA| New Delhi, 14 Nov. (PTI: ) Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee was today shown black flags and faced anti-CPI(M) slogans by a group odf students on the Nandigram issue at a function in the capital. Students belonging to Leftist organisation ‘Democratic Students Union’ waved black flags and raised anti- CPI(M) slogans when Chatterjee arrived at
The protesting students demanded action against the people involved in the Nandigram violence. “We condemn and denounce violence in Nandigram by CPI(M) cadre. It is ironical that on the one hand they say that they are for peasants but are killing them,” alleged DSU executive member Ritupan. The protesters carried placards saying “Hamara Gram, Tumhara Gram, Nandigram Nandigram”, reminiscent of the communist slogan of “Mera Naam
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Around 20 members of Democratic Students’ Union (DSU) and five other non-party members condemned the state-sponsored violence in Nandigram, outside the auditorium holding placards and shouting slogans. “The CPI(M) is behaving like an autocratic leader without talking into account farmers’ rights,” said Surohi Nandan, a first year PhD student.
“The massacre is on the scale of Godhra, making Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee the Modi of Bengal and I would like to ask the Speaker why he as a CPI(M) leader has not taken any stand on the issue,” said DSU member Banojyotsna Lahiri, a second-year MPhil student.
However, the function continued despite the protests. The Speaker, hailing
“After six decades we are still asked about the workability of our democratic structure which is very sad,” he said. Towards the end of his lecture, Chatterjee acknowledged the protest saying, “Some friends will be dissenting on some issue which is justified if they wish to enter Parliament.”