Buddha smiles, says CPM gaining ground

The former chief minister also slammed the state government for failing to bring in any new investment "because of lack of any clear land policy". "I personally feel that the government should play an important role in the process of land acquisition in the state. I can't say about other states. But as far as this state is concerned, if the state doesn't play a role then the industrialists will have no other option than to sit idle," Bhattacharjee said.

"In Singur we managed to complete 85 per cent work. There was no problem there. A problem started in Nandigram and it spread to Singur. It created a problem and we failed to solve it, and ultimately we were defeated," he added.

Asked if he would go for industrialisation if he becomes the chief minister again, Bhattacharjee said, "Yes."

"I will go for big industries. Because if you are able to bring in big industries, medium scale and small scale industries will also come up in the state, which in turn will create jobs," he added.

'Don't agree that Mamata is honest'

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said that he "does not agree" with the popular perception that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is honest. "I don't agree with the perception that she is honest," he told a Bengali news channel when asked whether he agreed with the popular perception that Banerjee was honest. Asked to elaborate, Bhattacharjee asked the news channel to make its own investigation.

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