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Mamata threatens CM and Tata on Singur issue

Mamata says that she is giving them exactly 10 days to roll back from Singur and stop all activities in Singur, reports Arindam Sarkar.

india Updated: Jan 29, 2007 23:17 IST
Arindam Sarkar
Arindam Sarkar

Exactly a month after ending her hungers-strike, Mamata Banerjee threatened the Tata Motors and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee of serious ramifications unless they stopped their activities in Singur.

In a threat issued on Monday, Mamata said that she was giving them exactly ten days to roll back from Singur and stop all activities in Singur. And if the government and the Tata Motors refuse to pay heed to her appeal then Mamata said that she should not be held responsible for any eventuality that may arise out of people's resistance.

"If the Tata and the CM listen to our appeal then we can sit for talks and try to resolve the issue by giving back the lands taken away from the Singur farmers forcibly. Or else, Tata has to say bye-bye. And the CM has to face the wrath of people's movements," said Mamata Banerjee. "There can be only one form of compensation package for the farmers of Singur and tat is land in lieu of land."

"There is no reason why Tata should need 900 acres of lands for setting up an automobile plant. I want them to give reasons for it. They are accountable to the farmers whose lands have been forcibly grabbed to accommodate them. And the government should immediately give back the lands forcibly taken from the farmers," said Mamata.

Ridiculing the CM for misleading the people and not keeping his assurances given to President APJ Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on discussing the Singur issue with her before allowing the Tata's to take possession of the land.

"I withdrew my hunger strike based on CM's assurance. We demanded withdrawal of Sec 144 from Singur. Return of the lands forcibly taken from the farmers and to those who have not accepted the cheques. The CM said that the options were open and he was ready for discussion. But he has made a volte-face," alleged Mamata.

Taking advantage of her illness, Mamata said that CM acquired the lands in Singur and handed over the possession to the Tatas.

"I was in the nursing home and he took advantage of my condition to hand over farmlands in Singur to the Tatas. But people have seen through his dubious character. And now there can be no talks with him unless and until he reverts to the original position," said Mamata.

To give steam to the movement, Mamata is personally going to Singur on January 10, where the Krishi Jamin Bachao Committee will hold a huge meeting. Before that Mamata will go to address a meeting at Nandigram on January 4. On January 12, she is going to Bhangor and on January 15 she will address a meeting at Barasat.

"This CM is just not grabbing lands in Singur but in several parts of Bengal. So we are changing the name of our movement from Singur Krishi Jamin Bachao Committee to Paschim Banga Krishi Jamin Bachao Committee. This body will fight to protect the farmlands of Bengal being acquired by the Left Front government for industries," said Mamata.

Finally, Mamata said the Krishi Jamin Bachao Committee would hold a meeting at Brigade Parade Grounds sometime in March to demand protection of farmlands in Bengal that was now being grabbed by the CM for industries. (EOM)

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First Published: Jan 29, 2007 23:17 IST