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Bengal ready to hand over Singur land to Tata Motors: Buddha

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Kolkata, Dec 4 (UNI) Reiterating his strong commitment in favour of Tata Motors small car project, West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today made a fresh appeal to Trinamool Congress to come and discuss the rehabilitation and compensation package for the uprooted farmers at Singur.

Addressing a news conference at Writers' Buildings, the chief minister said the demarcation of the acquired land in Singur would be completed by tomorrow following which Tata Motors would formally be asked to come and take possession of the land.

He said he had already held talks with Tata Motors' managing director Ravikant and informed him about the government's readiness to hand over the proposed 998 acres of land.

Ruling out the possibility of convening an all party meeting to discuss the issue, Mr Bhattacharjee said on a contrary he believed in party to party talk. "Accordingly I already held talks with Congress Legislature Party leader Manas Bhuniya and his colleague Sudip Banerjee and through the media I appealed to the Trinamool Congress to come and discuss the quantum of compensation and proposed rehabilitaion package for the affected farmers", he added.

The chief minister made it clear that in no circumstances his government was backtracking from handing over the acquired land to Tatas.

Severely condemning today's attack on Tata Motors show room at Central Kolkata, he said "We have identified that the Naxalite supporters were involved behind this unfortunate incident." "It should be condemned by one and all in the strongest possible manner and the government would ensure that no such incident recur in future", Mr Bhattacharjee said.

Regarding the Oppostion's continued protest against the demarcation programme, the chief minister made it clear that whatever might the opposition the programme would go on till it was finished in next 24 hours. He said for this purpose about 1000 local people including some women have found job in the demarcation work.

When his attention was drawn to last Saturday's police lathi charge on innocent villagers at Singur in which several people were injured, the chief minister categorically said that it was handiwork of some outsiders who had provoked and even attack the policemen with acid bulbs and spears forcing the police to act in self-defence.

He said 25 to 30 people from outside gathered at Singur on Saturday to creat trouble and the police had arrested one Dilip Das on charges for carrying weapon. The arrest was stated to be a Trinamool Congress supporter, he said.

He also made it clear that becasue of the prevailing situation, the prohibitory order under section 144 Cr PC would contnue to remain in force till the situation normalised.

To a query, the chief minister said the government would be fully ready to handover the land to Tatas and now it was upto them to come and take possession at the earliest.

To a question regarding SUCI sponsored 24-hour Bengal bandh tomorrow, Mr Bhattacharjee said all administrative steps had been taken to ensure normal life.

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