Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict as a ‘landmark victory’ on Wednesday and said that, “Dreamt of this SC verdict for so long. Now I can die in peace.”
Soon after the landmark judgement by the Supreme Court over the Singur issue , Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a press conference on Wednesday. Today, the Supreme Court has set aside the Calcutta High Court order upholding the land acquisition for Nano plant at Singur in West Bengal. Soon after the judgement, Mamata Banerjee addressed the media at a press conference.
Mamata Banerjee said that, “I was on a 26 day hunger strike in 2006. We were assaulted in September 2006 at Singur BDO office. The issue of Singur started before 2006 Assembly elections. Inhuman atrocities were carried out against us.” She added that, “We coined the slogan Maa, Mati, Manush during Singur anshan.”
Mamata Banerjee also mentioned about renowned writer Mahasweta Devi who passed away quite recently due to age related illness. She said, “We are missing Mahasweta Di today. She was a pillar of strength during Singur andolan. Hajar Churashir Ma (Mahasweta Devi) would have been happy today. We remember all the martyrs of Singur andolan on this historic day. Nandigram carnage happened right after Singur. Then there was Netai massacre. We salute all martyrs.”
Mamata Banerjee said that, “The farmers of Singur did not part with their land against all odds. We salute them. This is a landmark victory. The first gift we got after renaming of State is. Bangla Ma is happy today.”
Mamata Banerjee also announced more projects. She said, “We have set up trauma care centres, Kisan Bazaars in Singur. Today we have tears of joy in our eyes. I feel a lot of joy today on this historic verdict. Mingled with the joy there are also tears of joy.
Overjoyed Mamata announced the next administrative meeting at Singur itself. “We will have our next administrative review meeting in Singur. We will organise a Vijay Utsav in Singur. On September 2, we will observe Singur Utsav in every block of Bengal. We do not believe in forceful acquisition of land. We believe in negotiation. We have saying all along the land acquisition in Singur was illegal. We have been vindicated.
The CM lashed out at the CPI(M) for their role in the issue. She said, “CPI(M) committed historic suicide not ‘historic blunder’ in Singur. People are the biggest pillars of democracy. They had given their verdict in 2011. Supreme Court has given verdict today. Bengal is the final destination for industry. We have been saying all along the land acquisition in Singur was illegal. We have been vindicated.”