Mamata returns Tata's Rs 27 lakh cheque
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee, whose stir against use of farmland forced Tata to move its Nano car project out of West Bengal, has returned a cheque of over Rs 27 lakhs from a Tata trust after the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections.
"The cheque has already been returned to the trust. I am writing a polite letter (in reply)," Banerjee said here today.
"I am writing a polite letter and the cheque has already been returned to the trust," she said.
The money, totalling Rs.27,64,925 was offered on May 20 by the Tata Electoral Trust, set up by Tata Sons Limited, after the Lok Sabha results were out.
Trinamool Congress in a an unprecedented victory bagged 19 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, compared to just one it had in 2004.
"We do not accept any donations from corporate houses so that we do not have any obligations towards them. We have obligations towards the common man, workers, farmers and poor people," Sisir Adhikary, Trinamool MP and Rural Development Minister, told PTI.
He said the party secretariat met at the residence of Banerjee and a decision was taken to reject the offer.
The Tata Motors blamed Banerjee for forcing them to pull the Nano project out of the state.