Friday’s Calcutta High Court verdict on Singur has upset the farmers of Beraberi Purbapara, Joymollah and Gopalnagar in Singur. Most of these farmers have lost hopes of getting back their land which was acquired by the previous Left Front government fot the Tata Motor’s small car project.
The Calcutta High Court on Friday has described the Singur Land Rehabilitation And Development Act, 2011 as unconstitutional. Mamata Banerjee’s government had promulgated the act in June last year in order to re-acquire 997 acres in Singur which was leased out to the Tata Motors by the previous Left Front government.
Mamata’s sole intention for promulgating the act was to re-acquire the land to return 400 acres to the unwilling farmers. Tata Motors had challenged the Act in the Calcutta High Court and the High Court on Friday, described the Act as “unconstitutional.”
Following High Court’s verdict, Mamata Banerjee government would not be able to return 400 acres to the unwilling farmers. It was Mamata Banerjee who had promised the unwilling farmers to return 400 acres and Mamata had earned the confidence of farmers by organising movement in Singur against the previous Left Front government.
Mamata had alleged that the previous government had applied force in acquiring land at Singur to enable the Tatas to set up their small car project.
“The previous government had forcibly acquired our land for the Nano factory. Mamata Banerjee had promised us to return our land. But I don’t think that she would be able to return our land after today’s verdict by the Calcutta High Court. I am fighting for the past six years for getting back my land. How long I will have to wait ?,” asked Basudeb Das of Beraberi Purbapara.
Bikash Pakhira of Joymollah had handed over 10 cottahs of land to the previous Left Front government for the Tata Motor’s factory.
“The Tatas had sent me to Pune to get training at their factory. I have also got another training at the Ramkrishna Mission Shilpa Mandir.I had a dream to become a motor mechanic and I did not want to cultivate land like my forefathers. I wanted to work in the Tata Motor’s factory at Singur. But now I am working as a security guard in a private company even though I have got training and experience of a motor mechanic. I have lost my land and the small car project did not materialise. I don’t know what will be my future,” Pakhira said.