Won’t allow forcible land acquisition: Mamata

December 31, 2014 12:00 am | Updated 05:45 am IST - Kolkata:

Coming down heavily on the ordinance making amendments to the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, West Bengal Chief Minister on Tuesday said she would not allow the Act to be implemented in the State.

“It is a challenge that I won’t allow them to implement it here. They [Centre] will have to do it on my dead body,” she said, addressing a rally at Kharagpur in the State’s Paschim Medinipur district.

Ms. Banerjee, who catapulted to political prominence after her movements against forcible land acquisition in Singur and Nandigram, said that the amendment empowers the Centre to forcibly occupy land.

“The Narendra Modi government has brought in more difficult times than the emergency,” Ms. Banerjee said, directing her party supporters to protest against this ‘black’ ordinance by symbolically burning copies of the document.

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