Left lost polls on Singur land, says CPI-M leader

May 26th, 2011 - 12:35 am ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, May 25 (IANS) West Bengal legislator and Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah Wednesday said that the Left Front would not have lost the assembly polls had it returned the acquired land to Singur farmers.

Mollah said he was willing to even go against his party in the interest of farmers.

“My job is to look after the interest of the farmers. If for that I have to go against the CPI-M or the Trinamool, I am willing to do so. I am a member of the assembly and so long as I am there, I bear no party relationship. Once I am outside, then I become a member of my party,” said Mollah.

“I am free in the assembly, but not in Alimuddin (the street which houses the state CPI-M headquarters),” said mullah, who took oath as an assembly member Wedenesday.

His party top brass earlier openly censured the former land minister for publicly criticising then chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

Mollah also had on several occasions expressed his opposition to the land acquisition policy of the Left Front government, which tied itself into knots while trying to acquire land for industries at Singur and Nandigram two years ago.

“Had the Left Front listened to me and returned the Singur land to farmers, then today they would not have had to sit on the opposition benches,” he said.

On the issue of returning the land to Singur farmers, Mollah said: “There are provisions of law under which the lands can be returned to them. If she (Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) asks for the relevant provisions, I can tell her.”

Soon after assuming office, Banerjee had announced that her government will return to farmers the 400 acres of land taken against their will by the previous Left Front regime for the Tata Motors’ small car Nano project at Singur.

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