Leader of the Opposition in the West Bengal Assembly Surya Kanta Mishra on Friday criticised the Trinamool Congress government’s policy on land acquisition.

 Speaking during question hour in the Assembly on the amount of land acquired for the expansion of National Highway 34, Dr. Mishra said that unless the State government launched major infrastructure projects, West Bengal would be lagging behind other States in the country.  

“We will have to lay stress on construction of roads, railways, ports and power generation. Unless we do so we will be lagging behind other States that are giving much importance to these sectors,” he said.

 “We all are aware of the State government’s land policy. We oppose the policy,” Dr. Mishra, also a Politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said.

 In response to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s reply to his question in the House, Dr. Mishra said: “She said many things but the answer to the question was nowhere to be found.”

 In her reply Ms. Banerjee asserted that her government would not acquire land forcibly for construction of roads and power projects in the State.