N. Ram

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told The Hindu here on Sunday that he was appealing to all opposition parties in West Bengal to “accept the package proposed by the State government in regard to the acquisition of land in Singur” and to withdraw their agitation.

Saying that he was doing his best to find an amicable solution to the Singur dispute, the Chief Minister referred to his discussion with Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee and the government’s talks with the opposition in the presence of the Governor.

The Chief Minister cited “a very important point” made by Dr. M.S. Swaminathan in an interview published in the Ananda Bazar Patrika of September 21: “He has said the entire situation of Singur will be changed. And he has given the example of the Tatas’ Jamshedpur factory. The per capita income has gone up and the human development index is almost like Kerala’s. Singur will be another Jamshedpur and all sections will be benefited from this. If the Tatas withdraw, you will understand what will happen in Singur. The boys and girls who have undergone training, those who have voluntarily handed over their land — there will be a serious crisis. Finally in the State, after many years, here is a very important automobile factory. Automobile as a manufacturing sector is very important all over the world. This Nano technology is a unique innovative technology. The Tatas have done it, defeating their competitors, even the Germans and Japanese. It is a unique project.”

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