Twenty-four hours after Tata Motors chief Ratan Tata announced the pullout of Nano project from West Bengal and the state government passed the buck on Mamata Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress chief described the development as a victory for the Singur farmer.
But, in the same breath, Mamata said the farmers would resume their movement to get back their lands after the festive season. She said the government would have to give back the lands now that the Tatas have left.
She said since there was no provocation or intimidation from the Singur
Krishi Jamin Bachao Committee, the Tatas’ pullout decision was politically motivated. They were working in tandem with the CPI(M) to implicate
Mamata. “Even though we had kept our movement suspended for the last 25 days, what made the Tatas leave?” she asked
Meanwhile, the Left is getting ready to launch a campaign against Mamata’s ‘anti-development’ agenda. Although CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose claimed that his party did not embark on the project to win elections, it was apparent that Ratan Tata’s parting remarks on Mamata may become the Left campaign’s central theme in the next Lok Sabha elections.
Another Left target will be Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi. Bose said, “We have never seen any governor interfering in government affairs, mediating in political dialogues and writing to industrialists. He should do his own work.”
However, Mamata is ready with her arsenal to face the CPI(M) onslaught. Fiercely negating the government’s claim that the Tatas’ pullout would affect Brand Bengal, she said it was the Tata group, which had betrayed Bengal by abandoning Haldia Petrochemicals during Jyoti Basu’s tenure in the Eighties.
“The Tatas’ decision is a an individual decision. It is a not a collective decision of industry. Going away of the Tatas will not make any difference to Bengal,” Mamata asserted.