December 29, 2008

CM blames Opposition for halting development

Kolkata, 28 December: Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee challenged the Opposition on Sunday by saying that the land acquired for the small car project in Singur will only be used for industrial purposes.

Addressing the 22nd West Bengal State Electricity Board (WBSEB) employees’ union state conference at Barasat, Bhattacharjee accused the Opposition of “creating all sorts of problems for the government when it tries to undertake any kind of development work for which land acquisition is required”.

“They are a harmful power. In North 24 Parganas, they are preventing us from starting work on the widening of National Highway 34. Like Singur, the Trinamool Congress is causing disruptions here too. It was because of them that the Tata Motors factory could not come up. Now they are trying to create more trouble by demanding that the government returns all the acquired land,” he added.

Bhattacharjee, however, claimed all was not lost. “Some good news is coming up. I just want to say that only factories can come up on the Singur land, which has been acquired for industry. We will make it happen,” he said.

The chief minister also slammed the Maoists at the conference. “They want the inclusion of three districts to Jharkhand. Are the common people fools? The residents of those districts are part of our development programme. Will they get the amenities that we provide in Bengal?” “The Maoists want to create terror in the state. They are moving away from democracy and heading towards terrorism,” said Bhattacharjee .

“They are murdering policemen and creating obstacles in administrative work by threatening government officials,” he added.

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