At Singur, chorus of ‘talk to Tatas’ grows loud
Farmers in Singur who “unwillingly” gave up their land for the Tata Motors car factory now feel that the only way to come out of the present land stalemate is to reach for an out-of-court settlement with the Tatas. The uncertainty over the fate of the 400 acres of land belonging to the “unwilling” farmers, that has got caught in a legal battle, has only added to their growing impatience.
Even Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who led them during the Singur movement that led to the exit of Tata Motors from the area, during her recent visit failed to convince the farmers that her signature Singur land reclamation law will be validated by the Supreme Court. “We are not against industry and we will not oppose if an out-of-court settlement takes place. The Tatas may be allowed to set up their factory on the land of the farmers who gave up the plots voluntarily, but the unwilling farmers must be given their land back,” said Mahadeb Das, a frontline leader of the Singur Krishi Jomi Raksha Committee, that led the land agitation under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee. His 11 bigha land falls in the abandoned project site.
Somnath Manna’s five bigha plot was “acquired against his will” for the car factory project. Today, he wants the state government to open talks with the Tatas and to arrive at an amicable solution.