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Varun to take plunge into Singur’s troubled waters

After Cong draws a blank, BJP to try its luck in anti-acquisition bastion

kolkata Updated: Aug 13, 2013 12:27 IST
Orin Basu
Orin Basu

After the Congress, it is now the BJP, which will try its luck in Singur.

On Tuesday, party MP and general secretary Varun Gandhi will visit the Hooghly district block that turned into a Trinamool Congress bastion following the anti-acquisition movement against the Tata Nano plant.

Varun’s visit comes two days after the Congress was greeted with near-empty stands during its farmers’ meet in Singur on Sunday. Their aim is the same: to fuel a movement against Trinamool Congress over the allegation of land sharks grabbing farmers’ land at south-east part of Singur, in areas about 20 kilometres away from the Nano plot.

According to state BJP leaders, Varun would interact with farmers to know their problems and hear their views on the Singur stalemate on Tuesday. The Pilibhit MP’s visit coincides with a hearing in the Supreme Court on the dispute over the 997.1 acres Nano plot.

“The uncertainty over the Nano plot still exists in Singur. People are not sure whether the factory would come up at all and if not, whether they would get back their land. There are also complaints of land grabbing in certain areas along the Durgapur Expressway.

In such a situation, the BJP would surely try to make its presence felt in the area,” said a senior BJP leader.

Though the BJP hardly has any presence in Singur, the party hopes to ignite land agitation, this time against the ruling Trinamool Congress that was propelled to power riding high on the anti-land acquisition movement. However, chances of the lotus blooming in the fertile land of Singur seem bleak at the moment.

The Supreme Court directive to the Tatas to reply why land should not be returned to unwilling farmers prior to the panchayat polls gave a boost to the ruling party, which was pushed to the backfoot after the high court struck down the Singur Land and Land Acquisition Act as unconstitutional and void.

Though the Trinamool could retain Singur in an overwhelming way, especially in the acquisition-affected areas, some pockets along the Durgapur Expressway - Kantaseria Nizampur, Panchghora and Barakamalpur - witnessed a tough contest between the Trinamool and CPI(M).

It is these areas from where complaints of land grabbing, allegedly in collusion with a section of Trinamool leaders, have been pouring in.

First Published: Aug 13, 2013 12:05 IST