Silly arguments after Singur

Silly arguments after Singur
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First Published: Tue, Apr 07 2009. 12 11 AM IST
Updated: Tue, Apr 07 2009. 12 11 AM IST
Sometimes silly arguments acquire a life of their own. Mamata Banerjee’s crusade against industrialization and the Tatas is a good example.
The firebrand politician from West Bengal has decided to take the fight to the Tata borough of Jamshedpur. Her party, the Trinamool Congress, has decided to nominate one Shyam Narayan Singh, who claims to be a canteen contractor at a Tata Motors plant, for the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat.
A Trinamool leader explained the logic of the situation. “We have put up a candidate in Jamshedpur to highlight the plight of the people at a place where the Tatas have a significant presence since ages, and to show people of Bengal that they haven’t lost anything after Tatas’ exit from Singur,” the unnamed leader told Newswire 18.
All this could have been dismissed were it not for the party’s insistence that West Bengal has not lost anything with the Tata Nano moving to Gujarat.
There is a sense of deja vu in all this. The ruling Left Front continued to harbour similar ideas for 30 years. By the time it realized the damage caused to West Bengal’s economy, Trinamool had picked up the baton.
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First Published: Tue, Apr 07 2009. 12 11 AM IST