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Trinamool warns Tata of consequences

The warning comes as reaction to Tata Motors' MD remarks that firm was not answerable for selecting Singur for its car plant.

autos Updated: Apr 01, 2007 15:31 IST

Taking exception to Tata Motors' managing director Ravi Kants' remark that the firm was not answerable to anyone for selecting Singur for its small car plant, the Trinamool Congress today threatened the company and its officials of "serious consequences" for such "provocative" comments.

"This is a highly provocative comment which should be immediately withdrawn, otherwise it will have serious consequences," Trinamool general secretary Partha Chatterjee said here.

Chatterjee, also the Leader of Opposition in the assembly, said the statement was "uncalled for" and "insulting" to the people of Singur. If it was not withdrawn, "both Tata Motors and the officer (Kant) will realise its consequences", he said.

"How can he comment on a matter which is before the Calcutta High Court?" Chatterjee asked. "We strongly condemn the statement made by the officer who is singing to the tune of the CPI-M and more particularly Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee." He also warned of an "appropriate movement" against Tata Motors in West Bengal.

During an interactive session in the city yesterday, Kant had said his company had decided to set up its small car plant in Singur at the invitation of the West Bengal government and nobody had the right to question the move.

The Trinamool Congress has been leading protests aginst the location of the plant on farm land and demanding it be shifted to some other site in the state. It has also sought the return of the land acquired for the plant.