New Delhi: Badra Singha, The Supreme Court scrapped on Wednesday the acquisition of nearly 1,000 acres in West Bengal’s Singur for Tata
Motors’ Nano car project, bringing an end to an eight-year-long legal battle between the company and the Trinamool Congress government.
In the latest episode in a case that has shaped the state’s politics for a decade, the top court asked the state government to take possession and re-distribute the plots to their original owners –- a long-standing demand of chief minister Mamata Banerjee.The Singur land acquisition in 2006 sparked protests by farmers, who said they were not paid adequate compensation by the then Left Front government. Then opposition leader Banerjee sat on a hunger strike against the factory.
Terming the court verdict a “landmark victory”, Banerjee said her government will hold a meeting at 4pm to chart a road map.
Protests in Singur, coupled with similar demonstrations in Nandigram, were widely credited as the reason behind Banerjee’s landslide victory in 2011 that ended a 34-year-old Left rule in West Bengal.
But the problems around Singur and the flagship Nano project –– which was subsequently shifted to Gujarat –– were also seen as a symptom of industrial decay and administrative red-tape in the state.