Now, Buddha to meet Tata over Singur

Written by Political Bureau | Kolkata, Sep 27 | Updated: Sep 28 2008, 06:35am hrs
In the backdrop of the stalemate over Tata Motors Nano factory in Singur, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday said he would be meeting Ratan Tata. I had written to them. I have received their letter today. They said they are willing to talk to me. I have said yes to that, said Bhattacharjee at an SFI rally here on Saturday. He, however, did not divulge when Ratan Tata is expected to visit Kolkata.

Criticising the opposition for the continuing standoff in Singur, Bhattacharjee said if the situation prolongs it will be difficult to hold back the Tatas from leaving West Bengal. They (the Opposition) are pulling down walls, pelting stones and threatening the staff there. Is it possible to carry out any kind of work under these circumstances If they decide to leave, who will shoulder the responsibility It will be a betrayal of the people of West Bengal by the opposition. It is not just an automobile industry but it will change the economic scenario of Singur, said the chief minister.

We are not bothered if the project is of the Tatas or the Birlas, all we want to ensure is jobs for our youth, he added.

The chief minister has also ruled out the possibility of handing over 300 acres to the unwilling farmers. I asked her (Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee) whether she wants the factory or not. The bickering over 300/400 acres will not help the factory to come up at all. If she wants the factory to stay, she has to accept it, he said.

Meanwhile, state industry minister Nirupam Sen told reporters that a meeting between the state government and the Tatas may take place on Sunday.