“It was the CPIM and not me who forced Tata’s exit from this state”: Mamata Banerjee

Debjit Mukherjee, Siliguri: The CPIM is responsible for the exit of the Tata Nano factory from Bengal, chief minister Mamata Banerjee. She was addressing a public meeting in North Bengal.

“Many are saying I drove away Tata and now they are providing jobs. It was the CPIM and not me who forced Tata’s exit from this state. They wanted to take the land by force. And we returned those lands to the unwilling farmers,” she said.

“It was you who tried to grab people’s land forcefully. We returned those lands to the farmers. There is no need to accrue land forcefully,” she added.

The Chief Minister attended Vijaya Sammilani (post Durga Puja function) at the Kawakhali ground in Siliguri today. Under the Trinamool Congress, north Bengal has progressed equally with the southern part of the state, she said.

The chief minister said that she has taken initiative to attract more investment to the state. “West Bengal became the destination of tourism. We have to be on the top of the world. That will bring many hotels and ITI and polytechnic colleges here. We will give training, and people will get jobs. I want to tell all industrialists, there is no discrimination. They can invest here and create more job opportunities.”

Reacting to Mamata Banerjee’s comment, senior CPIM leader Sujan Chakraborty said, “Questions is why she is making such comments. She is making a mockery of herself. She has been exposed. The condition of agriculture in Bengal is very poor. There is no industry in the state. In the last 11 years, not a single factory has been inaugurated. The trick of showing private jobs as government jobs has been exposed. The youth of the state are being humiliated as they are forced to go outside the state for jobs.”