Priya rules out Centre's intervention into Singur impasse

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Kolkata, Aug 28 (UNI) Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi today ruled out the Centre's intervention into the Singur imbroglio.

'' The Congress wants overall development of the state. The party's trade wing INTUC has started agitating against the government's forceful land acquisition in Singur from the beginning . The crisis at Tata Motor's small car project is created by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee himself, '' Mr Dasmunshi said while speaking at the party's students' wing "Chhatra Parishad"'s 55th foundation day here.

Mr Dasmunshi, also the Bengal Pradesh Congress president, alleged that the Chief Minister and the state government Bengal were solely responsible for the present crisis over the land aquisition for Tata's small car project at Singur.

''It is their duty to solve the issue and the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre will not take any initiative in this regard. We are not against industrialisation but forceful land acquisition,''he observed.

The state government should convene a tripartite meeting among the industrialists, farmers and government representatives in a bid to reach a consensus before acquiring land for setting up industries, he opined.

Holding Mr Bhattacharjee responsible for the Singur unrest, the Congress would later take up an agitational programme whereever the Chief Minister would be present, he said.

'' Our next course of action against the Left Front government's forceful land acquisition will be announced on August 30, '' Mr Dasmunshi added.

Besides Mr Dasmunshi, senior party leader Janardan Pujari, PCC acting president Pradip Bhattacharjee and CLP leader Manas Bhunia were among others present on the occasion.


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