The ruling Left Front in West Bengal on Tuesday asked the Tatas to reconsider their resolve to suspend work at the small car factory at Singur saying that it was an unfortunate decision at a time when efforts were on to find a way out of the impasse.
While state Industries Minister Nirupam Sen said it was an unfortunate day for West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said that the party has no comment to make, as it was 'completely their (Tatas') internal and technical matter'.
"We have not stopped work at the Tata project. The decision to suspend work at the plant was Tatas' own. We have not obstructed anyone. We cannot do anything if workers do not turn up for work," she told reporters in Kolkata, adding that her party wanted normal work to continue at the Nano plant.
She also said that some people were claiming that the indefinite dharna had been undertaken after the party (Trinamool Congress) took money. "I challenge them to prove it. If they fail to prove it they have to apologise publicly."
Image: Ratan Tata drives Nano at its unveiling in the New Delhi Auto Show | Photograph: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images
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