Now I can die in peace: Mamata Banerjee reacts to Singur land acquisition verdict
Hailing the decision of Supreme Court on 2006 Singur land acquisition case, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said that she had dreamt of this verdict for a long time.
“I had dreamt of this SC verdict for so long, for the people of Singur. Now I can die in peace,” Mamata Banerjee said.
“I am remembering those people who made sacrifices fighting for this cause,” she added.
Mamata expressed happiness over the fact that the apex court delivered its verdict immediately after the state cabinet decided to rename the state.
“This is a landmark victory after we thought of the new name for State of WB. Very happy with the decision,” she said.
Earlier in the day, the Supreme Court set aside the 2006 Singur land acquisition by the West Bengal government.
The land in Singur was acquired by the West Bengal government headed by Buddhadeb Bhattacharje in 2006 to facilitate setting up of Nano plant by Tatas.
The Supreme Court in its order directed West Bengal government to take possession of the land and distribute it to the land owners within 12 weeks.
The apex court also ruled that the farmers will not return the compensation received from the govt because they were deprived of their livelihood for the last ten years.
Buddhadeb government had acquired 997 acres of land for Tata’s Nano project which was opposed by the displaced farmers, activists and the then opposition party Trinamool Congress.
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee had even staged 26-day long hunger strike at Esplanade in protest against the Singur land acquisition.