Waiting to see Centre's bill on land acquisition: Mamata
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she was waiting to see what shape the Centre's controversial bill on land acquisition takes but remained firm on her stand against forcible acquisition of land.
"We are against forcible acquisition of land (for industries) and we continue to maintain our stand. The government cannot act as brokers or looters of land.
"Those industrialists who want to set up industry should buy land through peaceful negotiations directly," she told reporters at the state secretariat here.
Government role in land acquisition leads to firing and involvement of 'bad people', she said.
She blamed the erstwhile Left Front government of mishandling the land issue during its 34 years of rule which saw Singur and Nandigram episodes.
During LF rule 15,000 acres at Rajarhat (the satellite township adjoining Kolkata) were acquired from farmers forcibly, she claimed.
"We do not want a repeat of the situation". The land at Rajarhat was taken away by the then government 'secretly' and "Unfortunately you (media) did not highlight this," she alleged.
Her comment came days after former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee accused her government of driving away investors, jeopardising the state's economy.