Mamata's indirect jibe at Tata: Criticize, compete but do not spread negative image

Ratan Tata
Kolkata, Aug 8: Ratan Tata's praise for Narendra Modi and criticism for Bengal's industrial development did not go too well with the Chief Minister of the state-Mamata Banerjee. In a recent comment, she indirectly reprimanded the business tycoon saying,"criticize, compete but stop spreading negative image."

She further hit back at him saying,"Maybe he has lost his mind. Maybe he hasn't got the information. I don't know why he said this. TCS has told the Chief Minister in Mumbai that it would create 20,000 jobs in a new campus. Maybe he hasn't kept tabs. Tata Metallicks applied to us last week. They want to expand. Doesn't he know Anil Ambani is investing here? If I give you a list, it will take up all day. Perhaps he should concentrate on his other hobbies like flying planes."

Yesterday in his praise for Narendra Modi and the Gujarat model said,"When I was coming from the airport I could see a lot of development coming up. I saw a lot of residential and commercial buildings but I couldn't see an industry. All this looks like countryside development. West Bengal should follow the Gujarat model of development."

Furthermore, remembering the dark days of the Nano agitation in Singur, he said,"We had to shift a completed factory out of Singur due to hostility to a different location. There was a great risk involved in doing so. We had three lakh orders for the Nano car. Customers had made full payment. We lost one vital year in delivery because of which much of the enthusiasm about Nano was dampened."

He further added,"I owe a great deal to Mr. Narendra Modi who gave Nano its new home. A state government should be supportive of industrial groups and should not be biased against anyone. It should act as a facilitator."

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