In June 2012, a Calcutta high court division bench had ruled the land act, piloted by Banerjee’s government in favour of Singur’s landlosers, was unconstitutional. The matter has gone to the Supreme Court.
The Singur MLA from the Trinamool, Rabindranath Bhattacharjee, who has resigned from the party in protest against his shifting from the agriculture ministry, was conspicuous by his absence. An hour after Banerjee left the place, Bhattacharjee, 80, announced retirement from politics and said he would also resign as MLA. However, he did not say anything against the party leadership.
“I’ve told the CM I don’t want to be in the ministry. I have got no reply to my letter and I believe I’m no longer a minister,” Bhattacharjee said.
Banerjee asked minister Becharam Manna, Bhattacharjee’s deputy during the Singur movement, to unveil the foundation stone of a college. However, Manna politely refused it and she unveiled the foundation stone.