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'Mamata Banerjee, a champion of farmers' cause'

kolkata Updated: Aug 24, 2008 14:52 IST

Describing Mamata Banerjee as "a champion of the farmers' cause", SP leader Amar Singh on Sunday said that he has come to Singur to extend support to the Trinamool Congress leader in her fight against farmland acquisition.

"Mamata is a champion of the farmers' cause...I have come here to extend support in her fight against farmland acquisition," Singh told reporters in Kolkata before leaving for Singur to participate in the indefinite dharna called by TC demanding return of 400 acres to farmers "unwilling" to part with their land.

The SP general secretary also invited Banerjee to Uttar Pradesh to voice for farmers' rights. "Builders are grabbing farmers' land under the Mayawati regime in UP. We will launch a pan-Indian movement against farmland acquisition," he said.

Singh said the CPI-M should not speak about growth as the party itself is responsible for thwarting industrial growth by calling strikes and bandhs.