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Tata's pull-out is victory of people: Mamata

kolkata Updated: Oct 04, 2008 21:26 IST
Tata's pull-out is victory of people: Mamata

The Tata's pull-out of the small car project from Singur is a "victory" of the people and the party's peaceful movement against forcible land acquisition, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee claimed on Saturday.

"It is a victory of the people and the peaceful movement at Singur. And, now it is time to bid farewell also to the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government," Banerjee told reporters here.

"Ratan Tata said a lot of bad things against us and belittled a people's peaceful movement against forcible farmland acquisition. He should not play with fire," she said.

On yesterday's comment made by Tata that "Mamata pulled the trigger", she said, "It does not behove well to accuse one party while speaking as 'His Master's Voice' (CPI-M) of another party. He is an industrialist and should see that there is good relationship between agriculture and industry. He should not behave politically.

"We are not against any individual. He may accuse us. It is his culture. Our culture is pro-people.

"All industrialists are welcome to invest in West Bengal, but the state government is trigger-happy which we will not allow...CPI(M) is shedding tears for the Tatas, but why not for the poor farmers...12 of them died in Singur...."

Reiterating her demand for return of land, the TC supremo said a statewide movement will be launched after the pujas for it.

She is planning to meet the prime minister and the president between October 13 and 15 seeking Centre's intervention in the state, Banerjee said.