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."
Singur, which is believed to be the biggest mistake of the CPI(M) government, marked the end of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's reign in the state.