West Bengal governor hopes for solution to Singur impasse

October 2nd, 2008 - 10:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghKolkata, Oct 2 (IANS) A day before Tata Group chairman Ratan Tata’s crucial meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for a last-ditch bid to resolve the Singur impasse, Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi Thursday hoped to find a way out of the deadlock.”I will say what the prime minister (Manmohan Singh) said on his return to India (from the US). Let’s hope for a solution,” Gandhi told newspersons after attending the 139th birth anniversary function of his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi in Barrackpore.

“The people of the state desire a solution,” the governor added while talking about the Nano small car project, which became uncertain with the Tata Group signalling it was considering a pull-out and was scouting for alternate land in several other states.

The governor earlier mediated the discussions between the state government and the opposition on the Singur issue and played a key role in the Sep 7 agreement inked between the two sides.

However, the agreement could not bring peace.

The auto major suspended work in the factory Sep 2, fearing the safety of its employees who were threatened and manhandled by protesters demanding return of 400 acres of land “forcibly” taken from farmers for the project.

Tata Motors’s project to roll out the world’s most inexpensive car Nano, priced at Rs.100,000 ($2,250), from its plant at Singur has faced tough resistance since its inception 28 months ago over land acquisition.

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