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'We don't bother about Nano or No-No'

Last updated on: March 24, 2009 11:39 IST

This is what Mamata Banerjee, who forced the Tatas to move the Nano project out of Singur in West Bengal, had to say about the launch of the 'people's car':

Are you upset with the Nano coming out from elsewhere?

We don't bother about the Nano or No-No. We are bothered about the people's problems. The government forcefully and illegally occupied the land at Singur -- that's why we opposed the forceful occupation of the land.

Where will land for industry come?

Land is for human beings and you cannot violate humanity.

What about development?

The government could have utilised the natural resources of the state to ensure development rather than just forcefully occupying land.

Opening up closed small-scale industries could have provided jobs to about 1.5 million people.

Digha (a beach resort) could have been Goa today if the government had any brains.

Engineering and textile industries, projects using clean coal and coal bed methane are needed to tap Bengal's potential.

The leather industry and the Kolkata and Haldia ports need to be developed.

BS Reporter
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