Kolkata: On a day when Panchayat polls are underway in Hooghly's Singur, the Tata Group reiterated its commitment to West Bengal saying that it would never leave the state.

"We will never leave the West Bengal," Tata Group chairman Cyrus Mistry said during the 15th annual general meeting of Tata Global Beverages in Kolkata.

He was replying to a shareholder's query about the group's failed plan to roll out the Nano car from a plant in Hooghly district's Singur. The company had to shift the Nano project to Sanand in Gujarat on October 3, 2008, following intense protests against acquisition of farmlands. The abandoned factory still stands like a haunted house, but the famers are yet to get back their lands due to litigation.

(JPN/Agencies)

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