With the Singur blockade going into its 6th day, it is only seemed a matter of time before Ratan Tata pulled out of West Bengal. We cannot blame him for it actually. The TMC workers have constantly threatened and physicaly abused the workers who had shown up at the factory and forced them to stay indoors. The entire Durgapur highway was blockaded and temporary structures erected along the road which created more congestion.
Apart from this an entire convoy of in excess of 50 vehicles, carrying employees of the Nano factory were not allowed to leave the workshop premises for over an hour. Among those present in the convoy were engineers from Japan providing technical support to the project.
But Mamata Banerjee refuses to accept allegations that her supporters are using violence on the common workers and harresing those interested to work. Work at the factory was interrupted for two consecutive days due to security breach and the Tata’s have expressed their concern regarding bringing their managers and officials to the factory site if they were going to be beaten up.
But Mamata Banerjee proclaims the workers are supporting her and hence voluntarily absenting from work. She makes such remarks at a time when thirty odd youths trained by Tata to work in the factory staged a protest to appeal to the TMC to allow the factory gates to open and let them work. Many of these youths are the only earning members of their families and the opportunity nothing short of a miracle.
I donot know if Mamata Banerjee is listening to them too. Reports are that Tata had pulled out all its employees on Thursday night giving rise to speculations of whether the management was beginning to lose its patience.
All leading industrialists, Sunil Mittal, Mukesh Ambani, CK Birla and now the esteemed Narayan Murthy have spoken out in vehement support of Ratan Tata. All unanimously believe that the drama staged by the TMC in Singur is meaningless and adverse to the prosperity of West Bengal.
The people of the country are all rooting for Ratan Tata too and want Mamata Banerjee to atleast talk to the State Government regarding this matter. And a ray of hope has been seen as she has accepted to send a delegation to meet the governor of West Bengal, Mr. Gopalkrishna Gandhi. We can only pray that a decision can be reached before it its too late.