Haripal (West Bengal): Strongly backing the Tata Motors’ car project in Singur, West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee has justified the imposition of prohibitory orders there, saying they were meant to counter repeated attempts to foment unrest in the area.
“It will a disaster for West Bengal if the Tata car plant does not come up at Singur. No civilized government can tolerate violence being unleashed by opposition forces to stop the work,” he told a Communist Party of India (Marxist) rally at Nalikul near Singur in Hooghly district. The state government also thought that the holding of meetings in Singur would hinder the work on Tata’s small-car plant, the communist leader said.
The meeting came a day after the Calcutta high court rapped the state government for imposing prohibitory orders in Singur to prevent protests against the plant. At the same time, it justified the acquisition of 1,000 acres for the Rs1,000-crore project.
Making a strong pitch for the industrialization of the state, Bhattacharjee said, “Industrialization is a must; if we back out, the people will not forgive us.”