Taking a U-turn from his previous stance on Singur, rebel Trinamool MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharya has suggested an out-of-court settlement with the Tata Motors.
Tata Motors, the automobile arm of $100 billion salt to software conglomerate, had acquired 400 acres of land in Singur district of West Bengal to set up a plant to produce Nano car, but political protests, mainly Trinamool Congress, by forced the company to shift the plant to Sanand in Gujarat.
After withdrawing from Congress-led UPA coalition government, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief & West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Monday reached Jantar Mantar to launch the first ever protest against the union government's new reforms.
Mamata parted her ways with the UPA after the government at the centre hiked the price of the diesel, placed a cap on the usage of subsidized cooking gas (LPG), and opened multi-brand retail sector to foreign investors.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi will hold a meeting with top leaders of the party on Wednesday to review the political situation after Trinamool Congress' decision to withdraw support to UPA government.
Trinamool Congress leader & West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced the party's decision to withdraw support to coalition government after three-hour long marathon meeting on late Wednesday.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamta Banerjee has arrived in Delhi to the UPA co-ordination committee meeting for the first time on Wednesday. Trinamool Congress - the second biggest ally of the coalition government - had not attended the committee's first meeting on August 8.
Apart from Mamta, Trinamool Congress leader and railway minister Mukul Roy will also attend the meeting.
Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal and the leader of Trinamool Congress has asked its partner Congress party to decide if it wants to stay in alliance or not, after Youth Congress protested against alleged attacks by activists linked to Trinamool.
She said that the Congress party should reconsider if it wants to continue the alliance in the centre and state level. She also affirmed that her government in the sate is not dependent on the support from the Sonia Gandhi led Congress Party.
The two main political rivals in West Bengal shifted their battle to Delhi on Friday.
Two separate delegations from the Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, accusing each other of stoking Maoist violence in the state.
Demanding army deployment in the Maoist-hit districts of West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura, Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee told Singh the Centre must act to protect minorities, women and weaker sections.
The union government is unlikely to clear Nayachar chemical hub project, an ambitious chemical project of West Bengal government. It's reluctance to implement project may be due to changed political equations at centre and state level besides its detrimental environmental effects.
Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee, a key constituent of UPA government, has been opposing the project since its inception and centre is not expected to take any step without her consent.
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee won the Nandigram by-election by steering the CPM and other left parties, while the young Congress candidate Masum Benajir Noor retained her mother’s, late Rubi Noor’s seat at Sujapur (Malda). The results of these elections were declared on Friday.
In these two by-elections, both the Trinamool Congress and the Congress fought jointly on a common understanding in order to overcome the CPM and other left parties and they were successful in their project.
Trinamool Congress Chief Mamta Banerjee has set Dec. 2 as deadline for West Bengal Government to return the un-utilized land at Singur to farmers.
Kolkata, Sept 9 : The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday demanded that 300 acres of land should be given from within the Tata Motors project area in Singur to unwilling farmers.
TMC leader Rabindranath Bhattacharya, after a meeting of the four-member committee formed to discuss the modalities for a land-based solution to the contentious issue, told media persons: "We have sought 300 acres of land from within the project area."
Kolkata, Sept 8 : Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee agreed to end her two-week-long protest outside the TATA Motors’ Nano car plant at Singur after reaching an agreement with the West Bengal Government over land acquisition issue.
Mamata announced last night that the dharna would be called off following the agreement with the State Government after marathon talks at Raj Bhavan between her and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in the presence of Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi.
Kolkata, Aug 19 : The West Bengal Government today appealed to the Trinamool Congress and other Trinamool allies to postpone their proposed indefinite agitation over the Singur issue.
The agitation veers around Tata Motors project site in Singur demanding the return of 400 acres of land to the farmers.
On Wednesday, the State Government and representatives of the Trinamool-led opposition will meet for a discussion on the issue.
Hooghly (WB), July 11 : Trinamool Congress today announced that it would renew its agitation against the Tata Motor''s car factory at Singur from Monday.
"There is no question of supporting the Tata Motors small car project. We will oppose it," said Becharam Manna, convenor of Trinamool Congress controlled Krishi Jami Raksha Committee.
"The Government will have to return the 400 acres of fertile land to the owners," Manna said.
Meanwhile, work at the Tata Motors project is going on smoothly. About 2000 workers were working in the project.
Tata Motors started to build its factory in Singur in January 2007 to make the world''s cheapest car.
Kolkata, Apr 21: The Trinamool Congress and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI) have jointly called a 12-hour shutdown call in West Bengal today to protest against the Centre and State Government’s inability to control the rising prices of essential commodities.
The Trinamool and its new alliance partner the SUCI had on Friday announced the joint protest against the ruling Left Front.
Nandigram, Apr 18 : Trinamool Congress activists on Friday surrounded the Nandigram police station to protest the arrest of three party activists for their alleged involvement in the killing of a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Panchayat Samiti member last year.
According to the police the blockade of the police station began at 9:30 am.
New Delhi, Mar 10: Trinamool Congress chief Mamta Banerjee
today charged the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA)
Government with tapping her phones.
However, Union Communications Minister A.Raja dismissed the charge when asked by Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
Banerjee raised the issue during Question hour in the Lok Sabha,
claiming that she was "unable to talk a single line" over the phone.
“My land phones and mobile phones are being tapped. We cannot talk a single line on the phone," she said.
Chatterjee asked Banerjee to file a complaint with his office.
Kolkata, Feb 5 : The Forward Bloc, a member of the ruling Left Front in West Bengal, has called a day-long state-wide shutdown on Wednesday to register their protest against the killing of four of their activists in police firing during a party agitation in Cooch Behar District today.
The shutdown has been supported by the opposition parties, including , the Congress party and the Socialist Unity Centre of India (SUCI).
The All-India Forward Bloc said mass rallies would be organised in front of Sub-Divisional Offices (SDOs) across the State.
Kolkata: An all party meeting today draws close to agreement on establishing the proposed chemical hub at Nayachar in East Midnapore district with sufficient safeguards against environment pollution. The members of Trinamool Congress didn’t attend the meet.
Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Industry Minister Nirupam Sen attended the meeting, which agreed to give nod to the execution of the project in the river island located near Nandigram and Haldia.
Addressing a rally of the Paschim Banga Krishi Jami Raksha Committee on Thursday, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said, “If I live, we will remove the Left Front from power,”
The Committee, constituted under the leadership of the Trinamool Congress to protest against the acquisition of farmland for industry in the State, declared that it would observe the day marking the completion of 30 years of Left Front rule in West Bengal as a “black day.”
Mamata said, “I want to tell the Left Front that this is the beginning of their end,”