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The fast track

A Marxist leader has threatened to protest the Gandhian way — by fasting. Communist Party of India (Marxist) nominee for West Bengal’s Tamluk constituency, Lakshman Seth appears to have taken a leaf out of the book of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who went on a fast in December 2006 in protest against acquisition of land for Tata Motors’ small car factory in Singur. Mr. Seth, whose constituency includes Nandigram, has said that he will fast until death unless the atrocities committed on his party followers by the Trinamool Congress in several parts of the constituency end. The sitting MP from the constituency, Mr. Seth alleges that CPI(M) supporters have been forced to flee from their homes due to the Trinamool Congress’ continued violence and threats. “Since I am not in favour of violence, I will be forced to take resort to fasting to lodge my protest. Gandhiji adopted this method and rocked the foundation of the British rule in 1942.”

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