Trinamool earns AIKS ire following Tata's pullout from Singur

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Kolkata, Oct 15 (UNI) CPI(M)'s peasant wing, All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), wholeheartedly backing the state government's industrialisation drive, today condemned the ''disruptive and violent'' activity of the Opposition Trinamool Congress.

''The work for the Tata's small-car Nano unit was 85 per cent completed but the anti-Left agitation, spearheaded by Trinamool Congress, led to the withdrawal of the project, '' AIKS president S R Pillai told newspersons here.

Mr Pillai said the Left Front government's compensation and rehabilitation packages for the land owners, farmers, marginal farmers and bargadars were much higher than that of other states in India.

The AIKS was supporting the industrial drive of the West Bengal government, he reiterated.

''Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and the party's allies have committed a crime by facilitating Tata's pullout from the state. Ms Banerjee's expectation to garner more rural votes through the Singur impasse is a distant dream. They have to pay huge prices in the coming election,'' AIKS vice-president Binoy Konar said.

To a query, Mr Konar said there might be some other causes that led the CPI(M) to lose many Panchayat seats in Singur.

The state unit of AIKS had decided to campaign on the need for industrialisation in the interest of the farmers following the withdrawal of Tata Motors' small-car project, by holding interactive sessions with the people, AIKS general secretary K Vardarajan said.

The AIKS would also organise rallies among the farmers and other sections against the Opposition, alleging that the latter had frustrated every effort in setting up industry and realising other developmental activities like construction of roads, building power stations and irrigation projects.

He said the AIKS had also taken up a campaign against the Centre's ''anti-peasant'' policies, apart from demanding full-fledged implementation of the Tribal Forest Act, NREGA, Sarva Siksha Abhiyanand Sarva Swasthya Abhiyan and the Self-Help Group programmes for increasing productivity in farm sector.


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