Ratan Tata hits back at `delusion` remark, says Amit Mitra has `fertile imagination`

Last Updated: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 19:37

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Reacting to Trinamool Congress leader Amit Mitra`s remark that he was suffering from `delusion`, leading industrialist Ratan Tata said on Thursday that the West Bengal Finance Minister`s `anger was needless`.

Hitting back at Mitra, Tata also said that he never spoke of industrial development in West Bengal but only made some remarks yesterday on the basis of what he saw on his drive from airport to the city via Rajarhat.

He posted on the micro-blogging site Twitter - “My comments yesterday referred to my drive from the airport to the Maurya via Rajarhat. I saw lots of residential and commercial development but not much industrial development.”

"I made no comment about the industrial development in the state. Mr Mitra`s comments are therefore surprising," he added.

Further showing displeasure over the remarks of the minister, Tata said, “Mr Mitra might believe that I have `lost my mind`. I would be delighted if he could show me what industrial development projects I missed while driving through Rajarhat. If he cannot, then I would have to conclude that he has a very fertile imagination," as per PTI.

Mitra had earlier in the day countered Tata`s remarks on lack of industrialisation in the state, saying he may be suffering from delusion and that was why he made such comments.
"Tata is getting old and suffering from delusion. I do not know why he cannot understand about what is happening," Mitra told reporters on the sidelines of a CII seminar in Kolkata.

Chairman emeritus of Tata Sons Ratan Tata remarked yesterday "there are no signs of industrial development in West Bengal" at an interactive session organised by Ladies Study Group of Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Mitra said that Tata group firm TCS was creating additional 20,000 jobs here, while Anil Ambani group, Emami were both setting up cement plants in the state.

"Recently, another Tata group firm Tata Metaliks had written to the state seeking expansion of their existing unit," he said.

"Is he not update with the information and why is his own office not briefing him correctly," Mitra said.

"He has the hobby of flying planes and let him fly," he said.

With PTI inputs

First Published: Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 19:27

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