No idea Singur Act needed prez nod: Guv

Three days after Calcutta High Court ruled the Singur Act as constitutionally invalid and void, West Bengal Governor who gave assent to the Act, causing huge embarrassment to the state government, said on Monday that he had no idea that Singur legislation needed Presidential approval.

The governor said he had been given a legal advise on that line only.“I thought we did not require presidential approval. That was legal advise also,” Governor M K Narayanan told reporters at the sidelines of a programme here.

“If the high court felt otherwise, it is fine. What can we do?” he asked.Though none was found to make a comment on the Governor’s remark but it is definite that it has caused huge embarrassment to the government.

CPI (M) leader and state CITU president Shyamal Chakraborty said: “It is unfortunate that the governor was not advised legally. I don't know who the advisers of the governor are.”

In a setback to the Mamata Banerjee government, the Calcutta High Court had ruled on June 22 that the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011, introduced by her government to recover land leased to Tata Motors in Singur for its small car project was unconstitutional and void.

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