Nano plant controversry: politicians for amicable solution

August 23rd, 2008 - 7:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Aug 23 (IANS) Some political parties in West Bengal want an amicable solution to the land impasse at Singur, 40 km from here, where Tata Motors is building a plant to produce Nano, which the company says will be the cheapest car in the world.”All the political parties (both ruling and opposition) should meet as early as possible to find a solution to this Singur land problem through continuous dialogue,” All India Forward Bloc state secretary Ashok Ghosh told IANS Saturday.

The principal opposition party in the state Trinamool Congress will launch an indefinite siege of the project site Sunday. They want 400 acres out of 997 acres given to the Tatas for the project to be returned to the original owners.

The party claims that the farmers owning these 400 acres were unwilling to part with the land but were forced to do so by the state government.

Forward Bloc, which is a partner in the state’s ruling Left Front coalition, is meeting coalition chairman Biman Bose Saturday evening to discuss the ongoing land row in Singur, Ghosh said.

“This critical situation can be solved through negotiations, discussion and meetings. That is the only solution,” he added.

State Bharatiya Janata Party president Satyabrata Mukherjee said at a press meet: “The West Bengal government should have been more transparent regarding land acquisition in Singur.

“We don’t want Tata Motors to go away from the state, nor do we want the poor farmers to suffer, we want an amicable solution to this problem, which is possible through dialogues between various political parties, Tata Motors representatives and the farmers whose lands were acquired by the state government for this project.”

Asked whether the party is supporting the indefinite siege of the project site, Mukherjee said: “We have full sympathy for the farmers. But we are not a party to this agitation.”

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