September 25, 2008

Deve Gowda asks political parties to solve Singur impasse

Kolkata (PTI), 24th September: The West Bengal Government's compensation package to farmers at Singur is a "model" for other states, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda on wednesday said and appealed to political parties to cooperate in solving the impasse at the Tata Motors site.

"I appeal to all political parties to cooperate and solve the problem. The opponents of the project are resisting it to fulfil their own political agenda," the Janata Dal (S) chief told a press conference here.

Gowda also asked the land losers to accept the package.

Asked about the Karnataka Government's offer of land to the Tatas for relocation of the small car project, he said, "the Tatas are welcome to Karnataka, but if they leave West Bengal at this time, it will adversely affect investment and industries."

Earlier, Gowda called on veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu, who is recovering at his Salt Lake residence after a head injury.

Talking to reporters after the 30-minute meeting, Gowda described the CPI(M) patriarch as an "international politician" and said he had wished him speedy recovery.

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