Sunday, August 3, 2008

CPI(M) statement on Reliance Capital's inclusion frivolous: SP

Kolkata (PTI): The Samajwadi Party on Wednesday accused its erstwhile ally CPI(M) of making 'frivolous' comment on the inclusion of Anil Ambani-led Reliance Capital as one of the managers of Employees Provident Fund and said morality should not be selective.

"I don't want to respond to their statement. I don't have a single share in that company. CPI(M) may make frivolous comments," SP general secretary Amar Singh told reporters after a meeting with Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee at her residence.

"The CPI(M) said that the reported late selection of Reliance Capital as one of the fund managers was an indication of the cost of support to this tainted government. But if Anil Ambani or Mukesh Ambani or the Tatas come to Bengal, they get red carpet welcome. They cannot be good in Bengal and bad elsewhere. Morality should not be selective," Singh said.

To take on the CPI(M) in its backyard, Singh said the SP would throw its full weight behind Trinamool Congress supremo in her party's fight against land acquisition in Singur and elsewhere in the state.

With Mamata sitting beside him, Singh said if invited by her, he would go to Singur where Trinamool demanded return of the 400 acres of land of unwilling farmers acquired for the Tata Motors small car project.

"I will also be present in Trinamool rally on September one in support of the small retailers," he said.

Mamata said she requested Singh to take up with Prime Minister and AICC President Sonia Gandhi tha issue of forcible land acquisition and cancellation of SEZ among other things.