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TMC MP Saugata Roy resigns as Mamata Banerjee’s adviser

Roy had said last week that the possibility of setting up large industries in the state was bleak.

Written by PTI | Kolkata | Published: March 7, 2013 7:54:44 pm

Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy has resigned as adviser to the West Bengal government’s Commerce,Industries and IT Ministry over alleged differences with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,but he declined to comment on it.

“Yes,Saugata Roy has resigned from the post of adviser to the state government’s commerce,industries and IT department,” a senior TMC leader said on condition of anonymity.

Roy,a former Union Minister,however,said,“I have no comment to make on this.”

Industries minister Partha Chatterjee when asked about it told reporters here that he had no information about it.

“I have no information. Saugata Roy is one of our veteran leaders. I can’t give an imaginary answer to imaginary questions,” Chatterjee said.

To a question,Chatterjee said there were no differences between him and Roy.

Roy had said last week that the possibility of setting up large industries in the state was bleak which was interpreted in political circles as criticism of Mamata Banerjee’s land policy,which advocated that the state government would have no role to play in land acquisition for industry.

Roy’s comments had earlier drawn sharp reaction from Partha Chatterjee who said that the problem was not land,but lack of infrastructure.

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