Mamata withdraws dharna and fast
She said her party would launch a "bigger movement" against acquisition of farmland for industrial purposes.india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 17:33 IST
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday withdrew her dharna and fast in Kolkata following a request by Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil but said her party would launch a "bigger movement" jointly with Congress against the acquisition of farmland for industrial purposes.
"Patil rang me up and assured me that the Centre will inquire into the incident at Singur late on Monday night including the police action. We do not expect justice from the Left Front government, but the central government assured us of justice," Banerjee told reporters immediatelyafter calling off her dharna at 2:00 pm.
"We will not allow farmland to be taken over for industry. We will launch a bigger movement jointly with the Congress," she said.
Banerjee said Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi who met her at the dharna site, also requested her to withdraw the dharna and fast.
The TC chief said that the Centre was inquiring into the incident and "we are also sending our report to Delhi on the entire incident."
Banerjee said she was entitled to 'Z plus' category security, but alleged that the police did not give her proper security. "I was manhandled," she said.
First Published: Sep 26, 2006 17:33 IST