Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Singur UPDATE 02: Mamta to NewDelhi for a meeting with Sonia

Fearing a political fallout of the imbroglio over land acquisition in Singur of West Bengal, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Monday said it will launch a campaign to clarify its stand on Tata Motor’s Nano car project there.

“We don’t have much hope the way it is going on in Singur as the Tatas have decided to stop the work at Nano car plant in Singur. If the company withdraws the project from the state then people are going to react adversely,” CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat said in an interaction with women journalists here.CPI-M leads West Bengal’s ruling Left Front.The party will launch a campaign to inform people how Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee spearheading the protest in Singur was misleading people.Karat, however, did not give details of the proposed campaign.“The people are angry and will react against those who blocked the project in the state,” Karat said.Auto major Tata Motors’s project to roll out the world’s most inexpensive car Nano, priced at Rs.100,000 ($2,500), from its plant at Singur, about 40 km from Kolkata, has faced tough resistance since its inception 28 months ago over land acquisition.Tata Motors has suspended work in the plant since Sep 2 after some of its workers were threatened and manhandled by a section of farmers, led by the Trinamool, to protest the acquisition of their land for the project.Demanding return of the 400 acres the government acquired “forcibly” from farmers, protesters laid siege to the factory from Aug 24, a move that prompted the company to suspend operations.
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