Tata Motors moving out bad for West Bengal, opinion poll

April 2nd, 2009 - 11:48 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) A majority of people in West Bengal believe that Tata Motors moving out of Singur is not good for the state, and many have given the electoral thumbs down to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, whose sustained anti-land acquisition campaign forced Tata to move the Nano plant to Gujarat, according to an opinion poll.
The poll conducted by NDTV news channel says that West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee is the most popular leader in the state and is likely to retain his post.

“Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee emerges as the most popular candidate to be the next chief minister in West Bengal with 46 percent people in favour of him whereas Mamata Banerjee trails by 32 percent,” NDTV said in a release.

Though the channel asked respondents on who they thought would be the best bet for chief minister, the state will not be holding assembly polls now.

Lok Sabha polls will be held in West Bengal on April 30, May 7 and May 13.

According to the opinion poll, 64 percent people in West Bengal believe that the winding up of the Singur plant by Tatas was not good for the state. More than 60 percent believe that the Buddhadeb government has done enough on development indicators like ‘bijli, sadak and paani’ (power, roads and water).

An overwhelming 77 percent people are not in favour of creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland in north Bengal.

In Kerala, of the people surveyed, 71 percent believe that the rift between Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and secretary of the Kerala unit of Communist Party of India-Marxist Pinarayi Vijayan would not effect their voting decision.

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