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Mamata joins farmers over land acquisition

Kolkata, Sep 25 (IANS) Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Monday joined hundreds of farmers in Hooghly district to protest against acquisition of their land for setting up a Tata car project.

Monday, September 25, 2006 | 9:20:44 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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Kolkata, Sep 25 (IANS) Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Monday joined hundreds of farmers in Hooghly district to protest against acquisition of their land for setting up a Tata car project.

A day after the West Bengal government declared the 1,000 acres of land at Singur, about 45 km from here, as vested and started acquiring the farmlands, Banerjee joined the movement with a hunger strike and called for road and rail blockades Tuesday in the state.

Alleging that cheques (distributed in lieu of acquisition of land) were issued to even farmers who had sold their lands earlier, Banerjee squatted before the block development office in Singur.

The Congress also joined the bandwagon.

'Our stance on Singur is similar (to Mamata). We are against acquisition of fertile farmlands for industry. Our leaders like Abdul Mannan have rushed there too,' said Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya.

An emergency meeting of the state government was held in the state secretariat Writers' Buildings on the situation at Singur where tension was running high.

Tata Motors has asked the state government for 1,000 acres of land at Singur for setting up the Rs.100,000 small car project.

Banerjee had threatened a militant movement on the forcible acquisition.

Copyright : Indo-Asian News Service
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