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CPI(M) leader plans to launch protest in Singur from July 3


Abdur Rezzak Mollah Singur
Kolkata, Jun 27: Former CPI(M) minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah said he would organise a 'Occupy Singur' movement from Jul 3 to help farmers unwilling to give land for the Tata car factory. The veteran leader, one of the few CPI(M) men who succeeded in defending their seats in the 2011 polls, said, he wanted the Left and democratic forces to back the movement. He, however, refused to reveal his strategy for the movement. "The movement will be held on the lines the Occupy Wall Street movement of last year," Mollah said.

Last week, the Calcutta High Court quashed the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011 passed by the Trinamool Congress-led state government. It had scrapped the land lease given to Tata Motors by the previous Left Front government of the state.

Mollah, known for his sharp criticism of the Left Front government leadership over the latter's way of acquiring land for industrialisation as well as the assembly poll debacle, said, the agitation planned by him would help the unwilling farmers of Singur. "They have received nothing and are finding it extremely difficult to earn a living," he said.

The former land and land reforms minister said it would take much time now for the matter to be settled in the court. The affected farmers must be helped till that is being done, he said. On the comparison of his movement with the Occupy Wall Street one, Mollah said there was a similarity between the two despite difference in the circumstances.

Earlier on Sunday, the West Bengal Congress said the state government, of which it is a party, must introspect things to prevent committing any further blunders. State Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharya said, Singur was lost on both counts, agriculture or industry. It also demanded an all-party meeting to chart out the future course of action on Singur. The State Agriculture Minister Rabindranath Bhattacharya said, the Krishi Jami Jibon Jibika Rakha Committee, which had spearheaded the movement to return land to the unwilling farmers, has decided to resume its movement afresh.

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