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Singur farmers warm up to Left at rally

A mass agitation programme organised today by the district leaders of Left Front in Singur demanding compensation for both “willing” and “unwilling” farmers witnessed a good response.

A mass agitation programme organised today by the district leaders of Left Front in Singur demanding compensation for both “willing” and “unwilling” farmers witnessed a good response.

The state government had earlier announced a monthly financial assistance of Rs 1,000 for only unwilling farmers,raising it to Rs 2,000 and 2 kilos of rice recently.

In Singur,where the CPM and other Left parties witnessed maximum erosion in their support base during the Singur land movement,the response that the Left Front today saw was much encouraging,said a senior CPM leader.

Rebel CPM leader and former land and land reform minister Abdul Rezzak Mollah had declared to launch ‘Occupy Singur’ movement on July 3 though he was restrained by Left Front chairman Biman Bose from doing so.

Today’s programme was led by senior CPM leader Sudharshan Roychoudhury and senior Forward Bloc leader Naren Dey.

Roychowdhury,in the meeting,demanded financial assistance and rice for every farmer having his land in the Tata Motors project area.

Mollah,who was evasive for last two days,today welcomed the initiative. “I welcome their decision to hold a meeting in the area with farmers. It is a good initiative.”

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When asked about his mass agitation in Singur,Mollah said: “I did not hold the rally in Singur on July 3 as I was asked by the party leadership not to go there. I will go to Singur when the state Left leaders will go there.”