People's Democracy

(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)


No. 46

November 18, 2007

On West Bengal Governorís Statement


The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) issued the following statement on November 10.


THE statement issued by the Governor of West Bengal regarding the latest developments in Nandigram is surprising. It is well-known that from January 2007, there has been violence engineered in Nandigram and normal life disrupted. For the past ten months, thousands have been driven out of their homes and the State administration prevented from functioning in the area.


The Governor has been fully appraised of the reasons behind this abnormal situation. The Governor is well within his constitutional role to communicate his views to the state government and the Central government. However, he has chosen once again to go public with a statement which is uncalled for. The content of the statement makes it clear that this is not the role expected from the office of Governor under the Constitution.