In a desperate bid to woo rural voters, CPI(M) state secretary Suryakanta Misra said no farm land would be taken to set up industries in future. At one breath, he said there were some mistakes and the Left Front had the guts to admit it.
He was addressing a rally at Salboni on Friday afternoon. The 150-km long rally which was flagged off from Singur by former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee six days ago ended at Salboni.
“Everyone does mistake and we have the guts to admit it. The farmers are very touchy about their land and it was wrong to take land from them,” Misra said. It may be recalled that the erstwhile Left Front government took agricultural land from farmers to set up automobile factory of Tata Motors. The Trinamool Congress took up the issue and finally ousted the Left Front government.
He said Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should feel ashamed as the Nano factory could not be set up in Singur. “The factory could have changed the economic scenario of the state,” he said. He concluded his speech by the old slogan of the party “Krishi amader bhitti ar shilpa amader bhobishyot” (Agriculture is our base and industry is our future). Misra said in the past four years 38,000 factories small and big had been closed.
Unlike his comrade Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, Misra did not say a word on tie up with the Congress. He said if the Left Front had come to power, they would have repaid the dues of those people who had invested in Saradha.