Kolkata : A day after industrialist Ratan Tata said he could not see much industrial activity in West Bengal, state Finance and Industries Minister Amit Mitra hit back, saying the Tata Sons chairman emeritus has “gone off his head” and is ‘‘suffering from delusion’’.
“He should carry on with his hobby of flying. I am surprised that his company officials did not brief him properly. He does not know about the expansion of his own group companies in West Bengal… he has gone off his head,” Mitra told mediapersons here. He cited the instance of TCS, which is set to create an additional 20,000 in the state. Yet another Tata group firm, Tata Metaliks, has written to the state government last week seeking expansion of their existing unit in Bengal, he pointed out. According to Mitra, the Anil Ambani group and Emami were setting up cement plants in the state. “If I were to give you the list of new industries that are coming to the state, I would need a whole day to read it out,” Mitra said.
But all the Opposition parties welcomed the remark of Ratan Tata and blamed the Mamata Banerjee led Trinamool Congress government for its failure to attract new investment in the state.
“The finance minister has been putting out the same list for the past three years but no new industry has come up so far,’’ the West Bengal BJP President Rahul Sinha said. He added that before giving the list of new industries in the state, Amit Mitra should have listed the industries that have shifted their operation from the state and how many industries have closed down in Bengal in the last three years.
Adhir Chowdhury, state unit President of Congress, too, opined that Ratan Tata was absolutely right. “Ratan Tata is not suffering from delusion. It is the Chief Minister who has lost her mind,’’ Chowdhury said.
CPM leader Sujan Chakrabotrty said that a Syndicate Raj was controlling the state and ruling party backed goons were extorting money from real estate promoters. Amit Mitra should go to Singur and he will find out who is suffering from delusion, he added.
Ratan Tata hits back
Kolkata: Attacked over his comment on lack of industrial development in the state, Tata Sons’ chairman emeritus Ratan Tata on Thursday hit back saying he would be delighted to see the industrial projects that he missed out.
“Mitra might believe I have lost my mind. I would be delighted if he could show me what industrial development projects I missed while driving through Rajarhat. If he cannot, then I would have to conclude that he has a very fertile imagination,” Tata said, asserting Mitra’s anger was “needless”. “My comments yesterday (Wednesday) referred to my drive from the airport to Maurya via Rajarhat. I saw lots of residential and commercial development but not much industrial development. I made no comment about the industrial development of the state. Mitra’s comments are therefore, surprising,” Tata said in a statement on his official Twitter handle.