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Singur standoff: TMC to continue protest

Mamata's Party will continue agitation against farm land acquisition for the Tata Motors' project raising fears of another standoff.

india Updated: Dec 29, 2006 21:34 IST

A day after Mamata Banerjee ended her 25-day hunger strike, her party announced on Friday that it would continue the agitation against acquisition of farm land for the Tata Motors' project, even as the West Bengal government extended the prohibitory orders at Singur for 20 more days, raising fears of another stand-off.

A Trinamool Congress delegation, led by Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee, visited Singur and told villagers there that the party's agitation would continue.

"Krishi Jami Rakhsha (save farm land) Committee will continue the agitation against the forcible acquisition of land at Singur for the Tata Motors' project," Chatterjee assured farmers.

Meanwhile, in a significant decision, the government ordered extension of prohibitory orders for 20 more days at Singur.

"We have reviewed the situation at Singur and decided to extend the duration of the ban orders under section 144 CrPC there," Chief Secretary AK Deb told reporters at the state secretariat.

Withdrawal of prohibitory order, imposed over a month ago in view of agitation by the Trinamool Congress and other opposition parties, was one of the main demands of TMC.

Reacting to the development, Chatterjee said, "This shows the double-standards of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee. Withdrawal of prohibitory order was one of our main demands. We will decide about our next course of action in a day or two."

First Published: Dec 29, 2006 21:18 IST