HC verdict a fitting reply to those opposing industry : Basu

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Kolkata, Jan 18 (UNI) Hailing Calcutta High Court's verdict that upheld land acquisition in Singur, veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu today said the verdict was a fitting reply to those opposing industrialisation in the state.

Mr Basu said, " It is a fitting reply to those opposing the industrial drive in the state. The ruling has proved we are in the right track. " Industry Minister Nirupam Sen said it was a 'big step' towards the state's industrialisation.

" The High Court ruling is a big step towards industrialisation.

It will help uplift the economic condition of the common people of Singur, " he told reporters.

A two-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice S S Nijjar and Justice P K Ghosh, rejected all 11 petitions challenging the land acquisition in Singur by the state government for the Tata Motors small car project and held that it was not illegal.

Mr Sen said the Government would arrange an overall economic rehabilitation package for the farmers, whose land had been taken for the project.

" The Government is ready for open discussions X X X X X picking up from line one para six of CA 34 "POLITICS-SEN-SINGUR-REACTION".

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