TMC MIN­IS­TER HECK­LED BY ‘LAND LOSERS’ IN SIN­GUR

Hindustan Times (Patna) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dents

SIN­GUR/KOLKATA: Sin­gur is sim­mer­ing with dis­con­tent again. This time, how­ever, the ire is tar­geted at Ma­mata Ban­er­jee’s Tri­namool Congress.

Just ahead of the chief min­is­ter’s Fri­day visit, West Ben­gal’s new min­is­ter of state for agri­cul­ture Becharam Manna faced an­gry protests on Wed­nes­day.

“We want money for the land taken from us for the Nano fac­tory. We have waited for one and a half years...We are now left beg­ging,” said a vil­lager.

The ‘land losers’ of Sin­gur said they would not have joined the ag­i­ta­tion against the Tata Nano project had they known they would be left to their fate.

Manna, a prom­i­nent face in the anti-Nano ag­i­ta­tion, was in Sin­gur to over­see the distri­bu­tion of the rice coupons given by the state government.

Vil­lagers com­plained that they did not re­ceive the promised rice for months and sus­pected that the whole ex­er­cise was to keep them in good hu­mour prior to Ban­er­jee’s visit.

“Where was rice distri­bu­tion all th­ese months? One kg of rice is shared by six-seven peo­ple in our fam­ily. We never have full meals for a day. The lead­ers on the other hand have en­sured money, jobs and food for their fam­i­lies,” al­leged a vil­lager.

The dis­com­fort of the TMC was com­pounded when the lo­cal MLA Rabindranath Bhat­tacharya al­leged that Manna used to fre­quent the house of a busi­ness­man close to the Tatas.

Bhat­tacharya, per­ceived as an hon­est and up­right man, fell out with the CM af­ter he was given a short shrift in the re­cent reshuf­fle.

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