Mamata pledges to return 400 acres to farmers in Singur

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, May 21: Mamata Banerjee is surely making heads turn these days. First she won the West Bengal Assembly elections 2011 with a comfortable majority, then she has announced to work day and night for the next few days to understand the nitty-gritties of administration and now, she has announced to return back to the farmers of Singur, the 400 acres of land meant for Tata's Nano factory.

Shortly after being sworn in as the chief minister of West Bengal on May 20, in her first cabinet meeting she said, “My first decision as chief minister is to return the 400 acres to the unwilling farmers of Singur."

The 400 acres is part of the 1000 acres acquired for the Tata Nano project. Mamata and her party members insist that the land in question was acquired without the consent of the farmers.

She said, “It has been decided at the cabinet"s first meeting that the Tatas are welcome to build their factory on 600 acres. But 400 acres will be given back to the farmers."

Without giving a deadline for the land returns, she informed that law will be followed to carry out the task. Significantly none of the Tata group's top executives made it to the swearing-in ceremony of Mamata Banerjee's new government despite being sent out invitations for the same.

It can be recollected that Trinamool Congress had launched a massive unrest in 2008 against the land acquisition which eventually cost West Bengal the Tata Nano project as it was shifted to Sanand in Gujarat.

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