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Proof of rivals fuelling agitation: Ratan Tata news
Our Corporate Bureau
06 February 2007

Kolkata: Ratan Tata, chairman, Tata Motors, who had last month accused competitors whom he refrained from naming, of fuelling the agitation against Tata Motors' small car project at Singur, said there was enough evidence to prove his charge.

In December 2006, at the height of Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee-supported farmers' agitation against the West Bengal government's land acquisition notification for Tata Motors' project, Ratan Tata had accused rivals of fuelling the agitation.

The charge had drawn a public statement from Jagdish Khattar, MD, Maruti Udyog, publicly daring Tata to name the competitor.

Speaking to reporters in Kolkata after an unscheduled meeting with the West Bengal chief minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee, Tata, in response to a query on Khattar's challenge, responded, "I stand by whatever I had said. I have adequate evidence with me. I do not complain without evidence and it will be made public at the appropriate time."

Tata also promised to go public with the evidence if forced to do so, but at an appropriate time.

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Proof of rivals fuelling agitation: Ratan Tata