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'Haldia episode far worse than Singur'

kolkata Updated: Oct 31, 2012 23:48 IST
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October 2008. "If somebody puts a gun to my head, you would either have to remove the gun or pull the trigger. I did not move my head. I think Ms (Mamata) Banerjee pulled the trigger," said Ratan Tata before pulling out his Nano car project from Singur.

October 2012. "We were forced to walk out from Haldia as the agencies entrusted with law and order openly abandoned their responsibility," Gurpreet Malhi, CEO, Haldia Bulk Terminals, said on Wednesday.

The two pullouts, both linked to Trinamool Congress, may hurt West Bengal.

Singur agitation had earned Banerjee many a friend. But the party's alleged strong-arm tactics at Haldia saw the CM standing alone, largely due to the perception that she is protecting a party leader's interests.

"Singur had witnessed a mass support to her movement over the issue of government grabbing farmers' land for private industries. There is no such issue in Haldia. Moreover, no Tata official was abducted or assaulted in Singur," Rajive Singh, director general of Indian Chamber of Commerce, said.

State Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya agreed that the Haldia episode was far worse than Singur. "Trinamool has spoiled the future of the port in the interest of their party."