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Singur stir will be solved politically: CPI(M)

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) The CPI-M today charged BJP and Congress of launching a ''politically motivated'' stir against the sale of land to Tata Motors and cautioned them against creating ''another Midnapur'', saying the West Bengal Government had already taken care of the alternative means of livelihood for the affected farmers.

Rubbishing reports in a section of the press that the Left party was adopting ''double speak'' on the question of acquiring the farmers' land for industrialisaton, the Left leaders said the basic issue involved how to give the best deal in relation with the land use, compensation, imrproving skills and train them for alternative occupation.

At a press conference, senior party leaders - Sitaram Yechury, Rupchand Pal and Mohammad Salim had to explain a lot to the newspersons' queries relating to the combined stir of the BJP, the Congress and the Trinamool Congress(TMC) against the sale of land to Tata Motors.

The Rajya Sabha was also adjounred once and finally for the day on the issue of BJP President Rajnath Singh's arrest while on way to Singur to express solidarity with the agitating farmers.

Well known social activist Medha Padkar participated in the dharna while TMC chief Ms Mamata Bannerjee is holding ''Fast unto Death'' in the state capital.

''Ms Bannerjee's fast unto death never materialises,'' Mr Yechury remarked.

Replying to a query if the Singur story would impact the national political scenario, the Left leaders denied such a possibility while adding that ''it essentially is a political question, which will be met poltically.'' On Congress leader Priyaranjan Dasmusi, Mr Rajnath Singh and Mamata Bannerjee joining hands on the issue, Mr Yechury quipped, first let them decide on which side they are?'' To another query if the majority of the farmers had volunteered for the project by giving their consent, then where is the need for police action, they said, ''the Police will do its duty and arrest them when outside people go there with bombs and arms.'' The Left leaders claimed the local people are happy with the project.

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