"The list of industries eager to set up shop here in Bengal is so long that it will take me a whole day to read it out."
Tata, who was forced to relocate a car manufacturing unit to Sanand in Gujarat from a "hostile" Singur, Aug 6 said he could not see much signs of industrial development in Bengal. "Certainly there is unbelievable change in terms of buildings and development, but it still looks like a countryside underdevelopment. There is a great deal of movement both commercial and residential but you don't see that much signs of industrial development," Tata had said at a program Aug 6.
Continuing the attack, Hakim asked why Tata wasn't joining politics when he was making such comments.
"We don't need a certificate from Ratan Tata. Even a blind person can see the development that has happened around. Why doesn't he join politics and directly jump into the fray instead of making comments every now and then like a godson. It seems he has lost his mind, he is no more the chairman," Hakim said. The ministers' attack on Tata came in for sharp criticism from political rivals who said the state's industrial scenario was precarious and not anywhere near to the rosy picture painted by the Trinamool.
"Even a lunatic knows what is good for him but not the Trinamool. If somebody has lost her mind then it is the chief minister and the Trinamool supremo (Mamata Banerjee)," said state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
Speaking on the same lines, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sujon Chakraborty and state BJP president Rahul Sinha too accused the ruling party of destroying industry in the state with its policies and extortive politics.