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Mamata govt tables Singur bill
Published on 14 Jun. 2011 10:17 PM IST
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The West Bengal government on Tuesday tabled a legislation in the state assembly in its bid to return a portion of the land acquired by the erstwhile Left Front regime from “unwilling owners” for setting up the now abandoned Tata Motors small car factory in Singur.
The ‘Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Bill, 2011’ was placed in the house by commerce and industries minister Partha Chatterjee.
The bill seeks to scrap the 997.17-acre land lease with Tata Motors, enabling the government to take back the land to fulfil the Trinamool Congress’s poll promise to return 400 acres to the farmers who were unwilling to sell their land.
Hours after Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee was sworn-in as the chief minister on May 20, the state cabinet’s first decision was to return the land to the farmers.
The Trinamool Congress, decimated in the 2006 assembly polls, saw its political graph climb sharply after it spearheaded a peasant agitation against the state government’s acquisition of land for the Nano small car project.
Faced with the sustained and intense protests in 2008, the Tata Motors shifted the plant to Sanand in Gujarat.
The agitation helped in turning the fortunes for the Trinamool, which in later years went from strength to strength to unseat the 34-year-old Left Front government in the recent assembly elections, and take over power in alliance with the Congress.

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