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Some weeks ago, many had argued how West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee was setting a healthy precedent for all other states to emulate. This was in the context of the acquisition of land at Singur, about 50 kilometres north-west of Kolkata in West Bengal, to help the Tatas set up their small car project.

And the healthy precedent was that the Bengal government had agreed to pay compensation to farmers for acquiring their land at a generous rate — almost 150 per cent more than the prevailing market price.

Opposition against the acquisition of farmlands for the Tata Motors small car project in West Bengal intensified with Mamata Banerjee and Patkar vowing to strengthen their protests even as a shutdown was called on Tuesday by a left opposition party.

While Banerjee warned of a “no-holds barred movement” against the government’s acquisition of land for the Tata, India’s largest private sector conglomerate, Patkar compared the state Communist government’s action with US President George W. Bush’s policy on Iraq.


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