Nano launch a conspiracy against me: Mamata

March 28th, 2009 - 1:01 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, March 27 (IANS) Four days after the launch of the Nano in Mumbai, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Friday alleged that the event was timed with the Lok
Sabha elections in mind and was a conspiracy against her.

Participating in an interactive programme aired by a private television news channel, Banerjee said: “The launch of the Nano was timed keeping in view the approaching Lok Sabha polls. It was motivated. It is a conspiracy against me.

“Where is the factory? The car is also not ready. Some parts of cars were bought from malls to make the model cars,” she alleged in the programme broadcast by Star Ananda.

Banerjee claimed that Tata Motors had fled from Singur not because of her party’s agitation against land acquisition, but because of the global meltdown.

The Trinamool supremo said Tatas’ purchase of Corus had brought down the share prices of the company. “Their plants in Jamshedpur are also not running through the week.”

Responding to Tata Motors chairman Ratan Tata’s greeting ‘good afternoon’ during the March 23 Nano launch in Mumbai, Banerjee said: “He has his allegiance for a particular political party (CPI-M). So I will wish him good night. We will usher in a new and good morning.”

Tata Motors wound up its Singur plant, which was originally scheduled to roll out the Nano, last October, following sustained protests by the Trinamool-led farmers demanding return of 400 of the 997.11 acres acquired for the project. The agitators alleged that the 400 acres were forcibly taken by the government from farmers unwilling to part with their land.

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