Tata group chairman Ratan Tata’s resolve to set up a factory at the site at Singur in West Bengal has drawn strong remarks from the opposition and generated relief in the corridors of the state secretariat. As Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee continued her hunger strike for the 24the day on Wednesday, Tata’s remarks added a new dimension to the controversy.
In an interview to news channel NDTV, Tata blamed competitors for "fuelling" fire in the controversy over the proposed Rs 1-lakh car project at Singur but resolved not to pull out of the state.
“Let me just say it is not just political, because I happen to know that some of our competitors are also fuelling some of this fire, which they would be very happy if the project got delayed," Tata said. "I think the West Bengal government has been very steadfast in its support of the project and I think it would be wrong for us to say that we will pull out and go."
The Trinamool Congress reacted sharply to the statement. “Such comments will fuel further trouble,” said party MP Mukul Roy.
But the statement was met with relief in state government circles. Commerce and Industry Minister Nirupam Sen said he was very happy that “they have reposed their faith and confidence in the government”.