WB Govt must return 400 acre of land to farmers : Mamata

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Kolkata, May 26 (UNI) Slighting CPI(M) patriarch Jyoti Basu's warning against stalling work for the small car project at Singur, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today reiterated that the West Bengal Government must return the 400 acre, taken for the Nano car factory without the consent of farmers.

'' Neither will the farmers surrender their plots nor will they accept any compensation. The Government will have to return the land or else, it will have to face the people's wrath, '' she told reporters today.

Ms Banerjee's reaction came a day after the nonagenarian Marxist leader said giving back land to the Singur farmers was not possible, and if the Trinamool Congress tried any sabotage to stop work for the proposed factory, it would send the message that the party was against development and progress.

Fresh after the party's resounding victory in the Singur area in the three-tier Panchayat polls, Ms Banerjee had demanded that of the 997 acre of land acquired for the Tata's project, the Government should return 400 acre, which had been allegedly forcibly taken away from farmers.

'' Rather than advising, he (Basu) should ask his party and the Left Front Government to respect the people's verdict and return the land. His advise is unwarranted and amounts to disrespecting the people's verdict, '' she said.

Vowing that there would be no let up in her anti-land acqusition movement, the Trinamool Congress chief said her party would never compromise on setting up industry at the cost of the farmers' land.

Yesterday Mr Basu called upon Ms Banerjee to spell out whether she wanted the Tata factory or not.

While producing an unexpected better result in the recently held three-tier Panchayat election in the state, the Trinamool Congress routed CPI(M) in areas like Singur and Nandigram.

In many areas the Trinamool Congress, Congress, SUCI and BJP party had a tacit seat adjustment to ensure that the non-CPI(M) votes were not split.

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