In September 2008 during the previous Left Front regime, the Tatas left Singur in West Bengal and set up Tata Nano car plant at Sanand in Gujarat following an agitation by the then opposition Trinamool Congress’ leader Mamata Banerjee over ‘forceful’ acquisition of land in the area.
A case regarding this is still pending in the Supreme Court. Banerjee was appropriately grateful to the people of Singur when she led the TMC to power in 2011.
She said returning the land to the farmers was her first priority. But nothing has happened on that front, with Tata Motors and the state government still fighting in court over the 1,000 acres.
Close to a decade after the agitation in Singur began in 2006, land acquisition is still a seemingly intractable problem.