Nano saga: twists and turns so far

September 8th, 2008 - 12:56 am ICT by IANS  

The agreement between the West Bengal government and the Trinamool Congress-backed agitating farmers Sunday night has removed the roadbloack before Tata Motors’ project to produce the world’s cheapest car Nano. Here’s the timeline of the Nano saga:May 18, 2006: Tata group chairman Ratan Tata announces small car project at Singur, 40 km from Kolkata, on the day when Buddhadeb Bhattacharya was sworn in the state’s chief minister.

May 25: Angry demonstrations by farmers over “forcible” acquisition of land for the Tata car project.

May 26: Former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu criticises Bhattacharya for mishandling issues pertaining to the acquisition of land for Tata project.

July 18: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee sows paddy near Tata factory site to protest “forcible” acquisition of land.

Aug 25: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ficci) warns that Singur developments may force industry to shift projects to other states.

Sep 25: Banerjee breaks down, says police assaulted her in Singur and shows bruises and tattered clothes to media.

Oct 2: Bhattacharya calls for all-party meeting on Singur.

Oct 9: West Bengal crippled by 12-hour shut-down called by Trinamool Congress.

Oct 27: Save Narmada activist Medha Patkar holds meeting near Tata Motors factory over “forcible” land acquisition.

Dec 2: Singur on boil as hundreds of farmers join protests, even as Patkar is arrested by state police.

Dec 3: Protests intensify; Banerjee begins indefinite hunger strike.

Dec 7: Patkar meets then president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam over Singur.

Dec 15: Former prime minister V.P. Singh meets Banerjee, asks her to end hunger strike.

Dec 21: Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi asks Banerjee to withdraw fast that enters 18th day.

Dec 26: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh sends Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi as emissary to Banerjee.

Dec 27: Ratan Tata says no pulling out of Singur.

Dec 28: Banerjee breaks 25-day fast.

Jan 4, 2007: Tatas select first batch of trainees for Singur project.

Jan 10: Singur-bound Patkar detained by police in Kolkata.

Jan 11: Patkar released, but says she will return to Singur.

Jan 21: Tatas start work at Singur, women torch factory fencing.

Feb 4: Fresh violence at Singur, ahead of Trinamool Rally.

Feb 6: Ratan Tata says clear evidence of rival hand in Singur.

Feb 14: Kolkata court says prohibitory orders in Singur is misuse of power.

Feb 15: Bhattacharya holds first public rally at Singur, swears by Tata project.

Fen 23: Calcutta High Court slams state government over method adopted for Singur land acquisition.

March 9: Tatas and state government ink Singur land deal lease.

March 12: Farmer Haradhan Bag, who was unwilling to part with Singur land, commits suicide.

March 16: Mob attacks Tata Motors’ factory fencing at Singur.

March 18: Explosion outside Tata Motors’ factory damages fencing.

March 25: Five guards at project site injured during clash with protesters.

May 24: Peace talks between state government, Trinamool fail.

May 25: Singur simmers as another farmer, Prasanta Das, commits suicide.

June 4: Basu says car project does not need more than 600 acres; 997.11 acres were acquired for project and ancillary units.

June 14: State government rules out returning Singur project land to farmers.

July 2: Jobless Singur farmer commits suicide.

Sep 18: Tatas appoint first batch of 17 Singur youth after training.

Nov 12: Central Reserve Police Force deployed at Singur after fresh protests.

Dec 2: Trinamool Congress holds major rally to mark one-year of agitation.

Jan 10, 2008: World watches in awe as Tatas unveil name for small car, say Nano will cost Rs.100,000/$2,500, excluding taxes. Singur protesters burn Nano replica.

Jan 16: Tatas give jobs to 80 displaced farmers.

Jan 18: Calcutta High Court says Singur land acquisition legal.

Feb 15: Tatas announce Nano roll out by October.

May 13: Supreme Court refuses to block roll out of Nano from Singur.

May 21: Trinamool Congress wins majority in Singur self-governance institutions.

June 27: Singur protesters break Nano factory gate at Singur.

Aug 7: Banerjee says she is willing to talk with Tatas on Singur impasse.

Aug 18: Bhattacharya invites Banerjee for talks.

Aug 19: Banerjee says 400 acres must be returned to farmers.

Aug 20: Talks between state government, Trinamool Congress fail.

Aug 22: For the first time, Ratan Tata says Nano will move out of West Bengal if violence at Singur persists.

Aug 23: Indian industry begins rallying behind Tata Motors factory at Singur, says continuing protests will tarnish state’s image.

Aug 23: Several states, including Haryana and Maharashtra, ask Tatas to relocate Nano factory to their territories.

Aug 24: Trinamool Congress begins indefinite stir at Singur.

Aug 26: Bhattacharya says acquired Singur land for Nano cannot be returned.

Aug 27: Several industrialists, including Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani, back Tatas on Nano project.

Aug 29: Nano factory workers stay away from work.

Aug 31: Trinamool Congress delegation meets Governor Gandhi over Singur, who suggests mediator to resolve impasse.

Sep 2: Cricketer and West Bengal’s sports icon Saurav Ganguly bats for Tatas.

Sep 3: Tatas suspend work at Singur, say alternative sites being examined.

Sep 3: Governor Gandhi plays mediator; state government, Trinamool Congress agree to meet him to end stalemate.

Sep 4: Ratan Tata says all possible steps being taken to roll out Nano as scheduled; Gandhi holds preliminary talks for reconciliation and says formal talks Friday, Sep 5.

Sep 7: Governor Gandhi mediates talks between Bhattacharjee and Banerjee, agreement announced late night.

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