In Singur,from where the tide started to turn against the Left Front,what was once new hope has turned into disillusionment. Farmers of Singur,who had waged battle against land acquisition for Tata Motorss Nano factory,now feel betrayed that it has not culminated in the return of their land,now the subject of a court battle. The unwilling farmers as opposed to those who willingly surrendered their land are making do with a relief package of Rs 1,000 a month and rice at Rs 2 a kilo.
How long will we have to wait? says Mahadeb Das,Eleven bighas of his land are in the fenced-off plot. The Trinamool Congress had fought alonsgide Das against land acquisition. Today,he says,Those who used the farmers have stopped visiting our poverty-ridden villages.
Where has the movement gone after the formation of the new government? echoes Krishna Bag of Beraberi Purbapara,one of the faces of the movement. Her father-in-law Haradhan Bag had hanged himself after losing his land; she was among thousand who stalled the distribution of cheques to the willing in 2006,and was arrested,with her baby daughter Payel spending a night in jail with her.
Her family has been given Rs 1 lakh; Sanjoy Dhara of Khaserveri has been given a job as a rail sevak. What about the families of the others? Bag says. We can understand the land return issue is in court,but what about compensating farmers who havent been able to cultivate?
We cannot remember when Becharam Manna,who has become an MLA,last came to us, says Shyamali Das,also arrested in 2006. Let the panchayat polls come. Those who betrayed us will be taught a lesson.
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