Monday, December 04, 2006

Car site will not be changed: WB Govt

Car site will not be changed: WB Govt: "The West Bengal government on Monday said it would not change the location for a car factory planned in Singur. Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee is holding an indefinite hunger strike in Kolkata to force the government to change the site.

Prohibitory orders are still in force in Singur, which in the past few days saw police clashing with demonstrators opposed to fencing of the site. Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya said fencing work will be completed by Tuesday and offered fresh talks on compensation for those affected by the plan.

Earlier on Monday the President of the Bharatiya Janata Party Rajnath Singh was not allowed to go to Singur and he was detained at Dalkoni. Members of his party in the Parliament's Upper House protested the move. Deputy Speaker Rehman Khan adjourned the House till Tuesday.

Over 200 BJP workers have reportedly blocked the National Highway demanding that they should be arrested if they are not allowed to go to Singur. The Socialist Unity Centre of India has called for a bandh across the state on Tuesday.

A Naxal group called the Revolutionary Students Front attacked the Tata Motors showroom in Kolkata. The showroom's exterior glass panes were smashed and posters were put up demanding that the Tatas stay out of Singur.

Despite these protests, the Chief Minister has said that the interests of the agriculture sector were not being jeopardised and that the opposition must rethink its protests."

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