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Tata could have returned land to unwilling Singur farmers…he didn’t: Partha

Partha Chatterjee Partha Chatterjee
Express News Service | Kolkata | Posted: August 9, 2014 3:47 am

Continuing with its attack on Ratan Tata, the West Bengal government Friday said the industrialist could have utilised his trip to Kolkata to return the land to unwilling farmers at Singur instead of making comments on industrialisation in the state.

“Tata had come to the city after two years as he said. Instead of making adverse comments on the state of industrialisation in West Bengal, he could have brought back smiles on the faces of (unwilling) farmers at Singur by returning their land which he didn’t,” Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said.

Chatterjee, who earlier held the industries portfolio, and was the leader of the Trinamool Congress’s team of negotiators with the Left front government during the Singur movement, said, “Had Tata driven through the electronics complex at Salt Lake, Tata could have seen the existence of several IT companies operating in the region”.

He was speaking on the sidelines of a function at Jadavpur.

After coming to power, the Mamata Banerjee government had decided to return 400 acres land, out of total 1000 acres, to unwilling farmers at Singur.

The land given to the Tatas for building their small car factory. The government even enacted a law for this. But the Tatas moved court against the decision and the case is now pending with the Supreme Court.

Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim too continued with his attacks on Tata saying he should refrain form making comments that had nothing to do with industries. “Ratan Tata is an industrialist and if he makes any comment in that capacity we will respect that. But if he makes any political comment, we will resist it politically. At Singur too our movement was not against the Tatas but against forcible land acquisition by the state government,” Hakim said at the Writers’ Building.

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