Tatas moving HC: Mamata says it is their right

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 20:33

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister
Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday refused to comment on Tata Motors moving
the Calcutta High Court against the Singur Land Rehabilitation
and Development Act, saying it is their "prerogative" and
"democratic right" to do so.

"They (Tata Motors) have gone to court. They can. It
is their prerogative, it is their democratic right. I cannot
comment about the court, but land (is) with government.
Possession is with Government, whatever we have done we have
done according to law," she told reporters here.

She said returning back the land was a cabinet
decision and the bill has already been passed in this regard.
"Whatever we will do we will do according to law,
according to Government policy and it is our policy to return
back land to the people," she said.

The Calcutta High Court today, however, did not pass
any interim order on the Tata Motors` petition challenging
Act 2011 by which the West Bengal government has taken back
possession of the land leased to the company at Singur.

Tata Motors moved the petition before the court
pleading that the Act and all its consequences be
declared unconstitutional, illegal, and bad in law and void.

Talking about the issue of land acquisition, the Chief
Minister said the stand of the Government was clear on the
issue against "forceful" acquisition of the land and
industrialists are "happy" with the Government`s position.

"We met the industrialist (last week in Kolkata). I
said forcefully, we are not going to acquire the land, it our
land policy. Industrialists are happy. There are no problems,"
she said.

Mamata also criticised the Left for their agitation
against an open cast colliery of Eastern Coalfields Limited at
Hansdigha in Burdwan district yesterday, saying they are
responsible for the present economy of the state.

"CPM people went to close Coal India. Tell them not to
behave like this. MPs and MLAs went to close pit of Coal
India. They started beating the people. We wont allow unit to
close. Place your demands. You (the Left) have closed down
industry worth Rs 55,000 crore. Economy is closed. Are you
going to close the industry," she said.

Police in the district had yesterday dispersed
protesters agitating against an open cast colliery of Eastern
Coalfields Limited at Hansdigha.


First Published: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - 20:33

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