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BJP urges Tatas to rethink on Singur

BJP expresses shock at the "ruthless" attitude of the CPI-M against farmers over land acquisition issue.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2006 21:54 IST

The BJPon Saturdayappealed to the Tatas to reconsider its decision to set up a small car factory at Singur, claiming that otherwise it would put West Bengal into a warpath and cause bloodshed of farmers.

"Would it not be wise to give a second thought to the Singur project, before Bengal moves to a warpath shedding much blood to our innocent farmers?" BJP state president Sukumar Banerjee said in a letter to Tata Motors chairman Ratan Tata.

While welcoming the initiative of the Tatas in setting up a factory in West Bengal, Banerjee, however, expressed shock at the "ruthless" attitude of the CPI-M against the farmers over the issue of land acquisition.

"This is forcing us to request you to reconsider your site selection for the sake of the peasants for whose development Sir Jamshetji Tata and his successors had expressed concern," Banerjee said in his letter.

According to Banerjee, more than 50 per cent of the 997.11 acre of acquired land was four-crop, besides 6.66 acre of wetland, 1.22 acre of Hindu burning ghats, 0.23 acre of temple land and 27.44 acre of barrage. Only 60 acres of the total land acquired was barren.

First Published: Dec 09, 2006 20:28 IST