But Singur wasn't the only setback for the Left. The state government was also forced to shelve plans for a chemical hub in Nandigram after dozens of villagers died in protests.
It was the events in Nandigram, in March 2007, which made things worse for Buddhadeb. A government sanctioned siege of Nandigram, one of the two flashpoints of the anti-SEZ protests, left 14 villagers dead and at least 70 others injured. For the first time in decades, supporters of the Left, turned against Buddhadeb.