Mamta to force govt on global tender of land

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New Delhi, Oct 14 (UNI) Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Pratibha Devisingh Patil to ensure that West Bengal Government abides by the constitution or otherwise the entire democratic set up in the country will break down.

Addressing a joint press conference here today Ms Banerjee asked how could the Tata's or for that reason any other party afford to run away after duly signing a tripartite agreement and said it was now the constitutional obligation of the State Government to ensure that the agreement is implemented.

She said it is strange that the State Government is keeping silence on this issue.

Ms Banerjee said the same Left Front parties were putting pressure on the UPA Government at Centre to place the Nuclear deal agreement before the Parliament and said so many things about the Hyde Act but in there case the land transfer deed between the State Government and the Tata's was not revealed to the people.

She said they have impressed upon the Governemnt that the excess land that was forcibly been acquired by the State Government for a private project should be returned immediately to their legitimate owners.

Responding to questions that what will happen it the Tatas do not come to Singur, Ms Banerjee said ''they would force the State Government to go in for Global tender of that land for the setting up of major industry preferably automobile unit. There are much bigger automobile companies than the Tata's in the world.'' Smajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, who was also present in the meet, said the language used by the industrialist Tata is not a proper one. He said the Tata's must first make it clear weather he wanted to remain in business or to enter politics as Mr Tata has described Mamata as bad "M" while the Narendra Modi as the good "M".

He said the farmers in Singur do not want a "Tata or a Bata. They want Atta and Bhat (Rice) which comes from the land.'' Mr Singh said the Singur land is very fertile as it produce six crops a year.

The SP leader said no political party is against industrialisation but it should not be at the cost of agriculture.

Responding to another question Ms Banerjee said the biggest loss of Tata's leaving the State would be of the CPI(M) as it would adversely affect its coffers.


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