Kolkata, Jun 22 (PTI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that her government was with the farmers and committed to return of land to them.
“Unwilling farmers in Singur will get back their land. The state government is committed to it,” Mamata told reporters in the assembly premises after a High Court bench held the Singur Land Rehabilitation & Development Act, 2011 as unconstitutional and void.
The state government had vested in itself the land leased by the previous government to Tata Motors for its Nano small car project at Singur.
“We are with them and we will continue to be with them. They will emerge victorious at the end,” Mamata said.
Mamata, however, refused to make any comment on the high court verdict.
The leader of the Opposition, Surjya Kanta Mishra of the CPI(M), the biggest party in the government that had leased the land to the Tatas in the first place, said the high court verdict had vindicated the party's stand.
“We have been saying that the Bill was unconstitutional and we had offered to give several suggestions to the government on how to go about it,” he told reporters.
Meanwhile, in Mumbai, Tata Motors welcomed the High Court order. When contacted, a Tata Motors spokesperson here said: “We welcome the court verdict.”