Tata’s Set to Pullout of Bengal

Posted on September 3, 2008. Filed under: Business, Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Disgusted with the “continued confrontation and agitation” at Nano factory in Singur, Tata Motors moved to the serious act on Ratan Tata’s threat to pull out his prestigious small car project from West Bengal. The Tata Motor’s statement said “This decision was taken in order to ensure the safety of employees and contract laborers, who continue to be violently obstructed from reporting to work.” The Tata’s may have felt they were being pushed beyond the edge. Sources indicated that the Company is still open to a last minute solution but on two demands- complete peace at Singur and return of land ruled out. West Bengal State Industries minister Nirupam Sen announced there was no question of a land-for-land deal. A patch of WBIDC land near the Nano site could be given to all land losers, both willing and unwilling land losers, for commercial use. The Left Front issued a statement requesting the Tatas to resume work at the Nano plant. But Mamata Banerjee was unfazed with Tata’s ultimatum. She said “They have taken some decisions. I don’t know what it is. This is their internal and technical matter.” Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya agreed to the Trinamool proposal of engaging a neutral intermediary and urged West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi to take initiative.

The Tata’s suspension of work in Bengal sent shock waves across the state. People at large blamed politicians, particularly Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee’s ‘negative politics’. Last week Ratan Tata has made it very clear that he was willing to sacrifice Rs 15,000 million invested in Singur and pull out if his employee’s safety was in danger


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3 Responses to “Tata’s Set to Pullout of Bengal”

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TATA should not leave singur. Ms. Mamata Banerjee is the paper tiger and at present guided by anti bengal masses only to capitalise the vote bank only.

So, the Singur saga is finally over – or is it ?

Now, it is natural that all of us would come down heavily on Mamata.

In a dangerous game of political brinkmanship – all sides overplayed their cards. I, therefore, blame all 3 players (CPM, Trinamul and also the Tatas) for the final (?) outcome. While Mamata’s methods may have been reprehensible and her personal style unacceptable to many of us – we cannot forget that she is also a product of a system. In condemning her (which she more than deserves) we are only attacking the symptoms but not the disease. She is merely a manifestation of a malaise, the purging of which is bound to be a very painful and time-consuming process. It is easy to say that, the ultimate loser is Bengal, which is undeniable. But, it could also be true that Bengal isn’t ready yet to take that leap into the future.

But, I still don’t think that we’ve heard the last word on Nano in Singur yet.


Tata’s have left Singur.Would again Tata invest on West Bengal?Being a developing nation,these sort of things should not happen..

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