Tata move unfortunate: Communists; mere tactic, says Congress leader

September 3rd, 2008 - 1:19 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 2 (IANS) While West Bengal’s ruling Left Front termed as unfortunate Tata Motors’ decision to consider pulling out of its project at Singur, the opposition Congress saw a “pressure tactic” in the move and the Trinamool Congress refused to react.”It’s the most unfortunate day for West Bengal. I could never imagine the (anti-land acquisition) movement will lead to this,” the state’s Industry Minister Nirupam Sen said.

Water Resource Investigation and Development Minister Nanda Gopal Bhattacharya of the Communist Party of India (CPI), a part of the ruling Left Front, said: “If Tata Motors moves out of West Bengal, it’ll be unfortunate for our state. If they leave, the economic future of the state will suffer.”

“Let us all see the developments now,” Bhattacharya told IANS.

There was no reaction from the Trinamool Congress whose agitation forced the company to consider options to Singur.

“I cannot pass any comment on the issue individually. The matter has to be discussed first in the party and then only I’ll be able to give an official reaction on it,” senior Trinamool leader Mukul Roy said.

Congress leader Subrata Mukherjee said: “It’s nothing but a pressure tactic jointly by the state government and the Tatas. I am sure they’ll not roll back (the project).”

“I am also very much associated with the trade union movement. I know what is called work suspension. The Tatas have also become political and are playing tricks along with West Bengal’s Communist government.

“I am very much sure Nano will roll out from Singur. This is just a threat to the opposition who are agitating against the project,” he said.

The company in a press statement Tuesday evening said: “Tata Motors Ltd. has been constrained to suspend the construction and commissioning work at the Nano plant in Singur in view of continued confrontation and agitation at the site. This decision was taken in order to ensure the safety of its employees and contract labour, who have been violently obstructed while reporting for work.”

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