Sunday, October 5, 2008
Protestors burn effigy of Mamta Banerjee after TATA reversed back from Singur
Ms. Banerjee is demanding return of 300 acres of land from within the project site to farmers who have not taken compensation for their plots acquired. Work has been suspended at the project site for nearly a month. On Friday, the corridors of power were agog with rumours of a meeting between the Tata Motors top brass and Mr. Bhattacharjee on Sunday and that senior company officials were also in preparedness. However, the meeting was called off late in the night. It was learnt that the meeting was postponed.
We are trying our best to convince Tata Motors not to pull out of the State, but if the violence by the Trinamool Congress continues in its present form, the company may leave soon,” West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said on Saturday. He had received a letter, earlier in the day, from Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata Group, expressing a willingness to hold talks with him, Mr. Bhattacharjee said, addressing the 13th All-India Conference of the Students’ Federation of India, student wing of the CPI(Marxist) here.
““The Trinamool Congress will be solely responsible if the Tata Motors decide to pullout from the Singur small car project and it will be a betrayal on the part of the Opposition to the people of West Bengal.”
Major component manufacturers (51 in all) have said they are awaiting a communication from the Tata Motors before they take any decision. Some of the smaller component manufacturers pulled out their equipment on safety and security grounds. Construction contractors are moving their equipment out of the project site. Tata Motors is yet to decide on manufacturing its ultra-cheap passenger car Nano from Pantnagar, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary I K Pande said on Thursday.
"We asked the Tata Motors officials whether they are starting production of Nano from Pantnagar, they (company officials) said no decision has been taken yet," he told reporters after a meeting in Dehra Dun.
His comments come in the midst of uncertainty over the location from where Tatas would roll out the Nano, even as West Bengal Industry Minister Nirupam Sen told the State cabinet on Thursday that there was little possibility of the Tata plant coming up in Singur.