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Nath, Sibal disagree on Centre's role in Singur

delhi Updated: Aug 29, 2008 20:31 IST
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Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath on Friday stuck to his stand that Centre can facilitate resolution of the Singur issue, disagreeing with his Cabinet colleague Kapil Sibal who said the Union government has no role in a dispute revolving around land for the Nano project.

"Centre can play a role if required. If they desire to facilitate any discussion on this...It will keep the investment environment in the country and West Bengal alright," Nath told reporters in New Delhi.

His views are different from the opinion expressed by Science and Technology Minister Kapil Sibal who stated earlier in the day, "There is no role for the central government...It is for the state government to decide."

Sibal, who was briefing the media on the Cabinet decisions, was asked whether the Singur issue figured in the discussions.

The Singur project is virtually under siege by Trinamool Congress workers, who for the sixth successive day blocked movements in and out of the factory to press for return of 400 acres of the 1,000 acres acquired by the state government for the project.

However, Nath and Sibal agreed that nothing should be done to shake investor confidence. "We should not damage investor confidence," Sibal said, adding that investment is not an objective in itself and it should come with justice.

The Commerce and Industry Minister also said that all stakeholders should be satisfied if there was some issue on land acquisition.