Chorus of dissent grows louder

The other controversial decision has been removing Debabrata Majumdar from revenue department. In order to boost revenue collection, Majumdar had proposed assessment of property tax in areas that have not been assessed so far. The revenue department has now been given to the mayor.

Now, Manna faces Singur farmers' ire

Becharam Manna, the new minister of state for agriculture, was at the receiving end of a group of unwilling farmers of Singur who chanted slogans against him and the government when they saw him at the BDO office on Wednesday while they were collecting slips for getting subsidized rice.

Manna, who was at the BDO office to supervise the distribution, had to face the ire of the unwilling farmers who complained that they are not receiving Rs 2000 and 8 kg of rice per month as promised by the government for the family of unwilling farmers. "We have repeatedly told our leaders that we are not getting the money and the ration as announced by the chief minister. But nothing happened. We are yet to get our land back. The state government is not keeping its promises. So today when we saw Becharam Manna, we expressed our anger," said Mritunjai Patra, who is one of the hundreds of farmers who "unwillingly" gave their land for setting up of Tata Motors' car factory.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's gameplan to remove veteran Singur MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharya from the crucial agriculture department and appoint Manna as the junior minister in the department seems to have backfired with the factional war in the local unit of the party coming out in the open.

The mudslinging between the two factions intensified further with Bhattacharya alleging that some party leaders are extorting money. Manna, on the other hand, has hit back at Bhattacharya by alleging that his son was involved in running an extortion racket.

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