Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will not attend her party's programme in Singur on September 25, a day that has been observed as 'protest day' since 2006, in remembrance of police atrocities on Banerjee and the anti-acquisition supporters on September 25, 2005.
"The chief minister is occupied with other engagements on that day. We will observe the occasion with locals from Singur's villages," Becharam Manna, Haripal MLA and Trinamool's Singur block president, said.
On September 25, 2006, Banerjee was dragged out of the Singur BDO office in a midnight police operation to free senior government officers from an indefinite gherao demanding the immediate scrapping of the Nano project.
While Banerjee was taken to Kolkata in a police vehicle, many villagers participating in the gherao - including women and children - suffered injuries when the police lathicharged them. Since then, Trinamool and the Singur Krishi Jami Raksha Committee have been observing that day as 'protest day'.
Banerjee attended the September 25 rally in 2007, 2010 and 2011. Her last visit to Singur - and the only visit since winning the Assembly polls - was on that day last year.
However, party leaders hinted, with nothing new to tell the distressed farmers of Singur, the Trinamool chief was not interested in making it to Singur on September 25 this year.
Meanwhile, Congress has been denied permission to demonstrate for transparency in the list of unwilling landlosers who are getting monthly aid of Rs 2,000 from the state government, in front of Singur BDO office that day. Congress had declared a programme on August 26, well aware of Trinamool's 'prerogative' of the day.