Modi to Buddha, Mamata: go the rightist way

published on October 13, 2008

Modi’s open letter to Buddhadev, Mamata on Nano

PTI | Kolkata

Barely a week after Tata’s Nano found its new home at Sanand, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has asked his West Bengal counterpart Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Opposition leader Mamata Banerjee to work unitedly for development.

“We can’t forget that the Marxists were once opposed to industrialisation. Continuity in the industrialisation policy will only help retain the people’s confidence,” Modi said in an open letter to both Bhattacharjee and Banerjee which was published in a leading Bengali daily on Sunday.

In the letter to Bhattacharjee, Modi said, “The condition for the growth of Nano has not yet developed in West Bengal in view of its present work culture despite your serious efforts… Please don’t get surprised at my letter, which I wrote after serious thought… People of West Bengal may think I have snatched Nano to Gujarat. But it is not so. There is no scope of misunderstanding.”

“The land (at Sanand) given to the Tata for the Nano plant was acquired for an agriculture university which was allotted another piece of land. The Tatas purchased the land and it is free of any dispute over agricultural or non-agricultural in nature.”

Modi in his open letter suggested Mamata to “shun ultra-leftism in opposing the Leftists and show West Bengal the rightist way to usher in development.”

“You may raise demands for more industry, more roads, more jobs in your State. Go the rightist way to development,” Modi said.

Modi emphasises in the letter to Bhattacharjee that his Government’s industrial policy has a continuity and does not change with the change of party in power.

“From the outset, we sought to take advantage of the policy of economic liberalisation in the competitive society. We wanted big industries… If there is continuity in the industrial policy, the Government may enjoy people’s confidence and faith.”

“We can’t forget that your party (CPI-M) once took the extreme policy of opposing industrialisation. People observed how you disallowed entry of computers and now you are talking of industry. Despite your being in favour of industry, your party and the Government are not with you totally,” Modi told Bhattacharjee.

Explaining how his Government made available land for the Tatas’ Nano plant, Modi said, “We prepared a land-bank for land acquisition for industry. We also made an industry map in Gujarat. All this has been done to ensure that land can be handed over to entrepreneurs fast. However, that does not mean that all land here is infertile. There is fertile land here too for which compensation has to be made.”

Modi pointed out he had no intention to snatch the Nano from Singur to Sanand, asserting “the course of events and Gujaratis’ accountability towards industrialisation have brought in the small-car project to Gujarat.”

The BJP leader asked Mamata Banerjee to note that opposition parties in Gujarat do not pursue the policy of “opposition for opposition’s sake.”

“Opposition Congress in Gujarat too has lent wholehearted support to the Nano’s coming to Gujarat… We don’t do politics over industrialisation in Gujarat.”


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