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The Tata-Singur saga chronology

india Updated: Sep 06, 2008 18:16 IST

Timeline of developments at Singur, 40 km from Kolkata, where Tata Motors decided to produced the world's cheapest car Nano amid protests that part of the land for the project was acquired from farmers forcibly:

May 18, 2006: Tata group chairman Ratan Tata announces small car project at Singur on the day when Buddhadeb Bhattacharya was sworn in the state's chief minister.

May 25: Angry demonstrations by farmers over "forcible" acquisition of land for the Tata car project.

May 26: Former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu criticises Bhattacharya for mishandling issues pertaining to the acquisition of land for Tata project.

July 18: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee sows paddy near Tata factory site to protest "forcible" acquisition of land.

Aug 25: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) warns that Singur developments may force industry to shift projects to other states.

Sepember 25: Banerjee breaks down, says police assaulted her in Singur and shows bruises and tattered clothes to media.

October 2: Bhattacharya calls for all-party meeting on Singur.

October 9: West Bengal crippled by 12-hour shut-down called by Trinamool Congress.

October 27: Save Narmada activist Medha Patkar holds meeting near Tata Motors factory over "forcible" land acquisition.

December 2: Singur on boil as hundreds of farmers join protests, even as Patkar is arrested by state police.

December 3: Protests intensify; Banerjee begins indefinite hunger strike.

December 7: Patkar meets then president APJ Abdul Kalam over Singur.

December 15: Former prime minister VP Singh meets Banerjee, asks her to end hunger strike.

December 21: Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi asks Banerjee to withdraw fast that enters 18th day.

December 26: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sends Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi as emissary to Banerjee.

December 27: Ratan Tata says no pulling out of Singur.

December 28:

Banerjee breaks 25-day fast.

January 4, 2007: Tatas select first batch of trainees for Singur project.

January 10: Singur-bound Patkar detained by police in Kolkata.

January 11: Patkar released, but says she will return to Singur.

January 21: Tatas start work at Singur, women torch factory fencing.

February 4: Fresh violence at Singur, ahead of Trinamool Rally.

February 6: Ratan Tata says clear evidence of rival hand in Singur.

February 14: Kolkata court says prohibitory orders in Singur is misuse of power.

February 15: Bhattacharya holds first public rally at Singur, swears by Tata project.

February 23: Calcutta High Court slams state government over method adopted for Singur land acquisition.

March 9: Tatas and state government ink Singur land deal lease.

March 12: Farmer Haradhan Bag, who was unwilling to part with Singur land, commits suicide.

March 16: Mob attacks Tata Motors' factory fencing at Singur.

March 18: Explosion outside Tata Motors' factory damages fencing.

March 25: Five guards at project site injured during clash with protesters.

May 24: Peace talks between state government, Trinamool fail.

May 25: Singur simmers as another farmer, Prasanta Das, commits suicide.

June 4: Basu says car project does not need more than 600 acres; 997.11 acres were acquired for project and ancillary units.

June 14: State government rules out returning Singur project land to farmers.

July 2: Jobless Singur farmer commits suicide.

September 18: Tatas appoint first batch of 17 Singur youth after training.

November 12: Central Reserve Police Force deployed at Singur after fresh protests.

December 2:

Trinamool Congress holds major rally to mark one-year of agitation.

January 10, 2008: World watches in awe as Tatas unveil name for small car, say Nano will cost Rs.100,000/$2,500, excluding taxes. Singur protesters burn Nano replica.

January 16: Tatas give jobs to 80 displaced farmers.

January 18: Calcutta High Court says Singur land acquisition legal.

February 15: Tatas announce Nano roll out by October.

May 13: Supreme Court refuses to block roll out of Nano from Singur.

May 21: Trinamool Congress wins majority in Singur self-governance institutions.

June 27: Singur protesters break Nano factory gate at Singur.

August 7: Banerjee says she is willing to talk with Tatas on Singur impasse.

August 18: Bhattacharya invites Banerjee for talks.

August 19: Banerjee says 400 acres must be returned to farmers.

August 20: Talks between state government, Trinamool Congress fail.

August 22: For the first time, Ratan Tata says Nano will move out of West Bengal if violence at Singur persists.

August 23: Indian industry begins rallying behind Tata Motors factory at Singur, says continuing protests will tarnish state's image.

August 23: Several states, including Haryana and Maharashtra, ask Tatas to relocate Nano factory to their territories.

August 24: Trinamool Congress begins indefinite stir at Singur.

August 26: Bhattacharya says acquired Singur land for Nano cannot be returned.

August 27: Several industrialists, including Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, back Tatas on Nano project.

August 29: Nano factory workers stay away from work.

August 31: Trinamool Congress delegation meets Governor Gandhi over Singur, who suggests mediator to resolve impasse.

September 2: Cricketer and West Bengal's sports icon Saurav Ganguly bats for Tatas.

September 3: Tatas suspend work at Singur, say alternative sites being examined.

September 3: Governor Gandhi plays mediator; state government, Trinamool Congress agree to meet him to end stalemate.

September 4: Ratan Tata says all possible steps being taken to roll out Nano as scheduled.