A day after chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee claimed that the eighth Left Front government would help raise the state’s biggest industry on the site abandoned by Tats Motors at Singur, Forward Bloc leader Ashok Ghosh said on Monday that the land bears the ‘curse of farmers’.
“I had said it before when the Tatas were about to set up the plant on the multi-crop land that the curse of the farmers would befall the project. It happened. Tata Motors had to abandon the project,” Ghosh said.
Even though Forward Bloc is a Left Front partner senior Bloc leaders such as Ghosh has been known to harbour differences with the CPI(M) on the issue of land acquisition. The opposition had earlier used these differences to gain political mileage.
Bhattacharjee, while addressing a meeting in Jadavpur, had declared that the 1000-acre Nano site would get the largest factory in the state if the Left Front comes back to power.
The Tatas had to call off their project following an agitation by the Trinamool Congress demanding that 400 acres of the site be returned to the farmers from whom that state had “forcibly” acquired land.