Even eight years after the shifting out of Tata Motors ‘Nano car project’ to Gujarat, land and industrialsation continue to be the main issues in this Assembly election at Singur which goes to poll on April 30.
The bare structure of the Nano plant still stands on the side of National Highway-2 as a mute spectator to the political turmoil triggered by the agitation spearheaded by Mamata Banerjee against ‘forcible’ land acquisition policy of the previous Left Front government which acted as a catalyst in bringing Trinamool Congress to power in West Bengal.
Apparently to remind the people of Singur that they have missed out on the bus to progress and development with the shifting of the Nano project, the candidate of CPI(M)-Congress alliance, Rabin Deb, campaigned riding on a Nano.
TMC has fielded 83-year-old Rabindranath Bhattacharya, fondly called ‘Mastarmoshai’ (teacher), who had won the seat defeating his CPI-M rival by nearly 35,000 votes in 2011. TMC had an alliance with the Congress during the 2011 polls.
Keeping in mind that land continues to be a sensitive issue here, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during her campaign in Singur spoke of her government’s commitment to return land to the ‘unwilling’ farmers.
Countering her statement, CPI-M state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra said that it was not possible to return the land.
“If our alliance comes to power we will withdraw the case and set up industries here to provide employment to the youth,” he stated.
Poll statistics of the 2011 Assembly poll and 2014 Lok Sabha indicated that TMC is better placed in this constituency.