Sunday violence aimed to kill TMC supporters: Mamata

Written by Political Bureau | Kolkata, Nov 3 | Updated: Nov 4 2008, 08:02am hrs
Trinamool Congress on Monday took out a rally in Kolkata to protest against the alleged violence that was unleashed in Singur on Sunday by the CPI(M)-backed Save Nano Committee.

"The CPI(M) cannot decide on the place where we will organise a meeting," TMC chief Mamata Banerjee said. She said that Sunday's violence by a handful of CPI(M)-backed goons, was aimed at killing Trinamool Congress supporters. According to her, members of the Save Nano Committee did not even spare innocent people on the highway.

"Had the people of Singur really wanted to stop us, we could have never reached our destination. Their (CPI-M) aim was only to spread terror," she said.

Trinamool leaders Sougata Ray, Shobhandeb Chattopadhyay, Madan Mitra, and Rizwanur Rehman's brother Rukbanur took part in the rally, which started at 3:30 pm from the Gandhi statue and near Esplanade and ended at Shyambazar.

According to Banerjee, not a single person in Singur was sad following the Tatas' pullout. "Only those who wished to thrieve on Tatas' money are sad," she said. "We are not against industrialisation. Had we opposed industries, the state govenment could not be able to hold the groundbreaking ceremony of the steel plant at Salboni."

The Trinamool chief also iterated that the state government would have to return 400 acres before proceeding with any new project in Singur.

She challenged the state government to make the agreement with the Tatas public. Tata Motors had preferred to leave the state than to make the agreement public, she said. Mamata also blamed the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for the outbreak of dengue and malaria in the city.