Describing the Singur land acquisition as ‘historic suicide’ for the Left Front, chief minister Mamata Banerjee welcomed the Supreme Court’s order saying that it was a landmark gift to a state that has recently got a new name.
“It was not merely a blunder, but a historic suicide. We kept saying that the land acquisition was wrong and today the Supreme Court has upheld it,” said the chief minister, whose success in routing the 34-year old Left government in Bengal is largely attributed to the anti-acquisition movement in Singur.
Mamata Banerjee is an emotional person, but on Wednesday she completely dropped her guard and let the emotion flow freely.
“I am very happy. Now I can even die in peace,” remarked the chief minister as she was visibly relishing the moment of vindication and glory.
Mahasweta Devi, who died on July 28, was one of the intellectuals who stood by the Trinamool leader providing unqualified support. “She would have been very happy today. I am missing her terribly,” said Mamata.
She announced that on September 2 -- the day when 11 trade unions have called a nationwide strike -- her party will observe Singur utsav in every block with cultural functions.
“I have happy tears now. This is a landmark verdict from the Supreme Court. Our struggle, my hunger strike is now vindicated,” remarked Mamata Banerjee, who became the most prominent face of the Singur struggle since 2006. Then an opposition leader, Mamata undertook a 26-day fast at Esplanade in the heart of Kolkata.
In early October 2008, Ratan Tata, then the chairman of the Tata group, announced his decision to withdraw from Singur.
The chief minister congratulated the thousands of farmers who weathered long struggle and the might of the state but did not give up their land and stood by her.
“We were beaten up by the police, heckled and harassed in every possible way, but we did not budge,” said the chief minister.
“After the 2011 electoral victory, an unfinished task was the question of returning the land to the Singur farmers. That has been achieved today,” the Bengal chief minister added.
She also expressed gratitude to panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee and agriculture minister Purnendu Bose, both of whom were not in Trinamool but provided her support.