Singur Crisis: WB CM counts mistakes ahead of assembly poll

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Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
Kolkata, Apr 16: The CPI(M) has had an uninterrupted rein in West Bengal for the last 34 years and now it seems that the party is going to face the hardest battle as the state is all set to hold the assembly poll starting from Monday, Apr 18. One of the reasons that the party has been troubled is - Singur.

Surprisingly, the Chief Minister of the state, Buddhdeb Bhattacharjee on Friday, Apr 15, during election campaigning, counted the mistakes done by his party, especially in Singur. The state had experienced a bloody politics over Tata Motors aspired small car - Nano project.

The CM stated, "I relied on the opposition parties' sense of responsibility as I believe force is not the solution in a democratic system. But they not only disrespected my faith in them, but they didn't see the interest of the state."

Assuring the people about the progress of the state, Buddhdeb informed, "In the post-Singur period we have acquired 8000 acres of land in areas like Andal and Panagarh and we have done it taking along farmers with us."

Continuing his attack on the Opposition parties, the CM also urged the people not to vote the "facist" as he asserted, "The election is not about just winning or losing it. It is a matter of keeping away the fascist forces from the state. Therefore, the opposition parties should never be voted to power."

For around two and a half years, Singur had turned into a battleground for allotting land to Tata for the 'Nano project.' In 2008, the company announced that it had scrapped its plan to bring out the small car, priced at Rs 100,000, from the Singur facility. The plant was shifted to Sanand in Gujarat.

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