In a last ditch effort to keep the Nano project in Singur, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has invited Tata group chairman Ratan Tata for talks and promised all help to the company’s small-call project. The meeting has been scheduled for Sunday, though the Tatas are yet to confirm who would represent them.
The Chief Minister wrote to Tata a day after his cabinet decided to urge Tata Motors to reconsider its decision to pull out of Singur. This move also comes after media reported that Tata had written to Maharashtra Chief Minister, expressing his wish to move the project to the state.
“It is true the project has been delayed, but the project can always be started,” CPI-M state secretary Biman Bose said. He, however, said the government would not resort to extreme measures to tackle disruptions at the plant. “The Opposition is eager to see dead bodies. It will help their disruptive politics. But the government will not give them such gifts,” said Bose
Though the government is trying, senior officials in the industries department see little hope in CM’s efforts. The administration simply is not in a position to provide the conducive environment Tata Motors has been asking for.
While in Kolkata on August 22, Ratan Tata had said he would not like to do business in a politically charged violent atmosphere under police protection.
So far, the government has failed to address his concerns. Mamata Banerjee is unrelenting in her demand for land from within Nano plant premises, which is heavily guarded.