CPM Hooghly unit blames leadership for Singur fiasco

Three years after the Tata Motor decided to shift its Nano plant from Hooghly’s Singur to Gujarat’s Sanand,the CPM Hooghly district committee in an internal party report has blamed it on its own government for “lacking political foresight” as it chose Singur - “a stronghold of the Trinamool”- as the site of the factory keeping the party’s district unit in complete dark about the decision.

Written by RAJIB CHATTERJEE | Kolkata | Published: January 23, 2012 5:39 am

Three years after the Tata Motor decided to shift its Nano plant from Hooghly’s Singur to Gujarat’s Sanand,the CPM Hooghly district committee in an internal party report has blamed it on its own government for “lacking political foresight” as it chose Singur – “a stronghold of the Trinamool”- as the site of the factory keeping the party’s district unit in complete dark about the decision.

In the draft “political and organisational report”,circulated among the delegates attending the four-day district conference that started today at Risra,the CPM Hooghly district committee has stated that the “decision to set up Tata’s factory at Singur was taken at the government level without any knowledge of the district party” and even the plant was decided to be set up in a place which is known as an “anti-Left area”,where Trinamool had enough “political influence”. “Trinamool had seven seats in the panchayat where the plant was to come up.

Out of the 19 Assembly seats,Trinamool had only two. One of them is Singur. As a result,the Opposition found a good opportunity to oppose the government’s decision. After that,the matter came to the notice of the district party. These incidents established that there was lack of political foresight,” the draft report,accessed by The Indian Express,read.

In what is being considered as an indirect attack on the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and his Industry Minister Nirupan Sen,the CPM Hooghly district committee has also observed that the Singur issue had triggered “massive repercussion” throughout the party’s rank and file and “it is not known whether the leadership had given right direction” in the wake of “desperation opposition” against setting up of the factory.

In the face of stiff resistance by the Trinamool,the state government had announced a revised compensation package for those who had refused to relinquish with their land for the factory. The CPM district committee has also criticized the Left Front government on this issue. “Had the revised package been announced much earlier,the Opposition force would not have got any opportunity to bring the issue of unwilling farmers,” the report states. The party district unit also wondered how the then Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi,who made strong remarks against the state government on Nandigram issue,was made the “interlocutor” to settle the land related disputes with the Opposition.

“There is no logical explanation to engage the then Governor as a mediator. We have noticed strong reaction against this (move) in party’s every level,” the report says. “The Tata project,which was nearly completed,had to be abandoned because of administrative weaknesses and lack of political direction,” the report adds.

The party’s district unit also observed that the state government was not “cautious enough” to implement the slogan of industrialisation and criticized the state party leadership for not strongly opposing the bad sides of the century old Land Acquisition Act 1894 under which land was acquired in Singur.


Continue clean-up act: Buddha

Former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Sunday asked party colleagues in Hooghly to “carry forward” the drive to “clean up” the party from all bad elements and “rectify” themselves. Also,he sent out a stern message to the government saying the party would not tolerate if the ruling party continues to evict the “share croppers and pattadars” from their lands. Alleging that the government has failed on all fronts,Bhattacharjee,while inaugurating the CPI-M district conference at Risra,called upon all party activists to reorganise farmers and win back people who had earlier left the Leftists. “The paddy procurement mechanism in the state has collapsed. Farmers are not getting the minimum support price,as a result of which there are so many suicides. This never happened during the Left rule. But the present government is not admitting it. The state government is sound asleep. What is this?” Bhattacharjee asked.

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