Tata Motors could end up producing potatoes instead of cars at Singur. At least, thats what Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee seems to expect, going by her latest protest against farmland acquisition for the small-car project. Last weekend, Mamata, who had earlier been evicted from the area when she tried to stop farmers from queuing up for acquisition payment cheques, began planting potato seeds on part of the land. However, the Tatas arent very worried. For one, state chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his commerce and industries minister, Nirupam Sen, have put their weight behind the project.
So have leaders of their party, the CPI-M, big brother in the ruling Left Front. They know that if the CM gives in to the TMCs demands now, apart from the political benefit to her, Mamata would begin calling the shots in every such decision.