Singur farmers forced to accept Govt's new package: AITC

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Kolkata, Sep 19(UNI) The Trinamool Congress today alleged that supporters of the CPI(M) were forcing Singur famers to accept the Government's new compensation package for land losers.

Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee alleged that two farmers, who were unwilling to accept compensation package, were beaten up by CPI(M) supporters this morning.

'' The two were forced to accept the newly announced compensation package of the state government against their farmland acquired for the Nano plant,'' he told reporters after meeting Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi at the Raj Bhavan.

''I have informed the Governor about the lawlessness in the state. The CPI-M is trying to put pressure on the Singur villagers so that they accept the package and cheques out of fear,'' he said.

The state government had recently declared a compensation package for the Singur land losers promising an extra payout of 50 per cent on the price given for the land acquired for the Tata Motors' Nano car project. It has set September 22 as the deadline for gaining a further 10 per cent and assured that one member of each family, having no other source of income, would be given a job while the unregistered sharecroppers and agricultural labourers would get 300 days' wages at one go.

Mr Chatterjee said Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee had a telephonic conversation with the Governor on the issue during the day.

''We are going to give her a detailed report on whatever we discussed with the Governor,'' he said.

''We can demand imposition of Section 355 of the Indian Constitution in West Bengal, if we find it necessary. But that will only be decided after our meeting with Mamata Banerjee,'' he said.

Sticking to the demand for return of 300 acres to farmers from inside the small car project area, the Trinamool Congress has rejected the state government's rehabilitation package.


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