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Land would be handed over soon: W Bengal CM

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is unfazed by the sporadic Maoist protests and vandalism.

india Updated: Dec 06, 2006 13:18 IST

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is unfazed by the sporadic Maoist protests and vandalism over land acquisition at Singur for the Tata Motors small car project and said the land would be handed over to the company soon.

"They are minor things. Those who are protesting or took to stone pelting in car showroom are nothing to be feared or given too much importance," Bhattacharya said in a brief interview.

"These boys are basically from Jadavpur University or my college Presidency (Bhattacharya is an alumnus of the city's prestigious Presidency College). We would tackle them," he said scoffing at the action of "ragtag Naxalite students".

The agitation over the Tata Motors plant at Singur turned violent on Monday when a Maoist organisation ransacked a car showroom of the company in the heart of Kolkata.

In a sudden operation, suspected Maoists stoned and damaged a car showroom of the Tata on AJC Bose Road. The Maoists armed with rods, sticks and stones damaged the showroom of Lexus Motors on 209 AJC Bose Road, taking the police by surprise.

The Maoists also put up posters under the name of RSF (Revolutionary Students' Front). They abused the state government for its pro-capitalist policy on Singur and their posters extolled Maoism and Leninism.

"At Singur some people from outside are creating problems. I know what I am doing and the land would be handed over soon," he declared firmly.

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee continued her fast over Singur at the city's Esplanade area for the third consecutive day. National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leader George Fernandes visited her on Tuesday.

The presence of NDA leaders, especially BJP president Rajnath Singh on Monday, however put the Congress on the back foot even as Mamata urged all to put up a united fight against the Marxists.

Trinamool Congress is blocking Kolkata roads for two hours from 12 noon on Wednesday.

Social activist Medha Patkar is still in Bengal and her attempts to reach Singur were repeatedly foiled. The chief minister asked her for talks but she refused so far to meet Bhattacharya.

First Published: Dec 06, 2006 13:18 IST