Less than 24 hours after Ratan Tata said he could not see any major activity in the industry sector in West Bengal, state finance and industry minister Amit Mitra replied that the chairman emeritus of the Tata Group was going "off his head".
"He should carry on with his hobby - flying. I am surprised to know that his company officials did not brief him properly…. He does not know about the expansion of his own group of companies in West Bengal," Mitra said on Thursday, speaking on the sidelines of an event organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry.
At an interactive session in Kolkata on Wednesday, Ratan Tata had said, "There's still no sign of industrial activity in the state."
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Ratan Tata had to dump his plans of going ahead with the Nano factory in Singur, close to Kolkata, in 2008 owing to protests over land acquisition led by chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who was then in the opposition. The Tatas then set up the factory at Sanand in Gujarat when Narendra Modi was the chief minister of the state.
Riding on the success of land movements in Singur and Nandigram, Banerjee's Trinamool Congress ousted the Left Front in the 2011 state polls, promising to usher in development in a state which is not known as a business hub and infamous for strikes as well as trade union agitations.
Mitra claimed on Thursday that both Tata Consultancy and Tata Metaliks were looking forward to expand their business in West Bengal.
"It would take the whole day if I start highlighting the business proposals which the state is receiving," Mitra added.
During his visit to Kolkata, Tata had also heaped praises on Narendra Modi, saying the Prime Minister was a 'doer'.
"Modi has track record of being a doer. Gujarat is an example and one should go there to see it," Tata, who retired as chairman of Tata Sons two years back, had said.