Deepa, Suvendu to slug it out at Haldia

Deepa Dasmunsi

Come November 20, Haldia will become a flashpoint for a slugfest between the Congress party and its former ally, the Trinamool Congress, over the exit of ABG-led cargo-handling firm from Haldia over the law and order issue.

Congress MP and newly inducted minister in the Union cabinet Deepa Dasmunsi will lead the party's protest against the state government's alleged failure to provide security to the firm's employees. The party has been demanding CBI probe into the entire episode.

On the other hand, Trinamool MP Suvendu Adhikary will hold a demonstration at Ranichak area of the port town on the same day. The party will demand employment of the 625 labourers who have been retrenched by the ABG-led firm. Also on the agenda will be the Trinamool's opposition to the UPA government's decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment in the multi-brand retail.

Sources said some of the retrenched workers who owe allegiance to Trinamool Congress-backed labour union INTTUC will take part in the Congress rally.

"The Trinamool Congress cannot scare away industrialists from Haldia. Till now, the state government does not have a concrete industrial policy and we demand that state government should frame an industrial policy which should be friendly to the investors," said Dasmunsi, who lately visited Dubrajpur where villagers clashed with police over the issue of land acquisition. She also tried to visit Tehatta following an incident of police firing but was debarred from entering the trouble-torn area.

"We cannot let Haldia port to run at a loss after ABG's pullout. So we demand a thorough inquiry into the entire Haldia fiasco," she added.

She slammed the Trinamool government for failing to set up a land bank for the industries. "We will try to tell people of Haldia that the Trinamool Congress is bluffing the people, that they have set up land bank for setting up industry," she added.

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