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CPI-ML demands resignation of Buddhadeb over SEZ row

The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (CPI-ML) has demanded resignation of West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for recent violence at Nandigram over land acquisition for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

Kolkata/Singur, May 26 : The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (CPI-ML) has demanded resignation of West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for recent violence at Nandigram over land acquisition for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).

"We want Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to accept political responsibility and resign from his chief Ministership. We want the entire truth behind Nandigram to come out and all the guilty, whether police officials or CPI-M functionaries who have been colluding with the police, to be punished," said Dipankar Bhattacharya, All India General Secretary of CPI (ML).

CPI (ML) also demanded that the SEZ policy envisaged by the Central Government should be scrapped.

Meanwhile, a farmer in Singur committed suicide after he reportedly lost more than an acre of land for a proposed Tata Motors factory on the site.

Prasanto Das, whose body was found on Friday, had been perturbed after the government took his land away without rehabilitation.

"He was perturbed after his land was taken away. He used to say that he would neither get money nor an alternative land," his brother Susanto Das said.

In the wake of Nandigram violence, the Centre put on hold further SEZ projects. A review committee has suggested that the SEZ developers themselves acquire the land and settle issues like compensation and rehabilitation while the government would just act as a facilitator.

The Trade Ministry expects low tax SEZs across the country to draw nearly 600 billion rupees in investment by 2009 and create 890,000 jobs.

Tata Motors started work to build its factory in Singur earlier this year to make what the company says will be the world's cheapest car for 100,000 rupees.

But the project, which has become a test case for the communists, has been mired in trouble with some farmers saying the government took their land against their will.

The government says it has compensated most of the affected farmers.

There have been regular protests in West Bengal over the acquisition of agriculture land for industry this year.

On Thursday, an all-party meeting on the Nandigram issue was postponed after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee decided to walk out.

ANI

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