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Mamata fought for farmers, not politics: Bajaj
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September 08, 2008 20:08 IST

Leading industrialist Rahul Bajaj on Sunday night came out in strong support of Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee, saying she was "not playing politics over the Singur issue" and was "fighting for farmers."

Reacting to resolution of Singur impasse, the Bajaj Industry Chairman said, "the agreement is subject to scrutiny of details worked out between the three parties, i.e. the vendors, Mamata and the West Bengal government."

Asked about his opinion on how he considered the decision, Bajaj told CNN-IBN, "I am not sure what Tata Motors [Get Quote] says on that but I do not believe that the West Bengal government would have given any commitment without first consulting Tata Motors. I hope its October October October and Singur Singur Singur for Tata's Nano."

Bajaj went on say that two-years back the West Bengal government did not take the issue raised by Mamata Bannerjee "seriously." He stated that the fact that ancillary units are having to be moved cited "insensitivity on part of the West Bengal government."

"Why are the ancillary units being moved now? Who was at fault? There was insensitivity on the part of the West Bengal government. . . then maybe they were at fault. I am not saying if the Tata's are at fault or not. There was a problem and it was buried for too long a duration," he said.

Asked if the Tata's Nano project got caught in a political turf war, Bajaj responded, "Mamataji's party was trying to help poor farmers and calling it politics will be unfair. Maybe from one seat in the Parliament she wants 10-20 seats, to that extent politics come into the picture. . . it is not necessarily bad. I do not want to play any blame game."

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