September 26, 2011
Trinamool Congress observes `Singur Diwas`, CM to address the rally
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) is organizing `Singur Diwas` to commemorate the agitation which took place on this day in 2006 against the land acquisition by TATA Motors. Protests over the then West Bengal Government’s forcible land acquisition in Singur, nearly 45 kilometers from Kolkata, gained momentum and the voices of those whose land was forcefully taken away was heard across the world. Ms. Mamata Banerjee the Union Railways Minister took up the issue and stood beside the hapless farmers who faced severe exploitation at the hands of then government in State. The agitation which could have resolved easily through talks turned into violent agitation due to arrogant policy of the Left Front government. On June 14 TMC Chairperson Ms. Mamata Banerjee addressed a rally with the newly elected Panchayat representatives and a deadline for the government, failing which she threatened to launch an indefinite stir in Singur block. `I mean it. The government should return the land by August 20`, said Ms. Banerjee declaring a complete non-cooperation with the Tata.
The Trinamool Congress since then have regularly organize `Singur Diwas` on this day to commemorate the agitation which took shape of a movement compelling the TATA Motors to abandon their NANO project and move out of Paschimbanga. To pay respect the martyrs and celebrate their victory the Trinamool Congress has organized a rally today at 4 pm in Singur.
Paschimbanga Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee will address a rally at Sungur to commemorate `Singur Diwas`. The Chief Minister who has a cabinet meeting scheduled in the afternoon will proceed to Singur immediately after the meeting to take part in the rally.
The administration is making elaborate traffic arrangements which may create some problems for the regular commuters as many roads will be closed and barricades are placed at various vantage points. “We will try not to create any inconvenience to people and I have requested the administration in this regard but still I apologize for the inconvenience caused’’, said Ms. Banerjee who is always concerned for the people.
Paschimbanga Industry Minister Mr. Partha Chatterjee and Kolkata Mayor will also accompany Ms. Mamata Banerjee in Singur on this occasion.