Singur witnesses large turnout, voting remained peaceful

Singur witnesses large turnout, voting remained peaceful
PTI
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First Published: Thu, May 07 2009. 04 48 PM IST
Updated: Thu, May 07 2009. 04 48 PM IST
Singur: Singur, from where the factory of the world’s cheapest car Nano was shifted to Gujarat, witnessed a large turnout in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha election in West Bengal on Thursday.
The voters, polarised over the acquisition of agricultural land for the Nano project, stood in long queues in the hot sun.
Till afternoon, 50% electorate exercised their franchise in Singur segment of Hooghly Lok Sabha seat, Hooghly district magistrate Neelam Meena said.
She said that voting remained peaceful amidst deployment of 33 companies of Central forces in the constituency.
Some voters, like Bikash Pakhira and Krishna Barui, said many people were unhappy over the pullout by the Tatas as they were deprived of a decent means to earn a living.
More than the pullout by the Tatas from Singur, they were surprised by the absence of campaigning by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who had led an agitation for one and a half years against land acquisition here.
“She campaigned in areas adjacent to Singur, but stopped short of visiting this place. Did she forget us?“ a middle-aged voter asked.
But there were other voters who said that they did not regret the pullout as land was more precious to them than Nano.
Some others said the Trinamool victory in the panchayat election last May might be reversed this time as many people resented Mamata’s staying away from Singur.
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First Published: Thu, May 07 2009. 04 48 PM IST