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Mamata rules out talks with Buddhadeb

PTI  Kolkata, June 10, 2007
First Published: 23:33 IST(10/6/2007) | Last Updated: 23:36 IST(10/6/2007)

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday ruled out the possibility of holding any talks with West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee over the Singur issue.

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"We will not negotiate with the chief minister who was responsible for the killing of farmers at Nandigram," Banerjee told a press conference.

"I readily accepted an invitation from former chief minister Jyoti Basu for discussing issues out of my respect to him as a politician. He had also the wisdom to understand the essence of the problem and had agreed with me that the land of the unwilling farmers for the Tata Motor's project should be returned," she said.

"It is now clear that the CPI(M)'s top leaders are not prepared to listen to the views of Basu. Since they are not respecting a leader of his stature, how can we expect that views of the Opposition on Singur and Nandigram issues would be respected by the government?" she asked.

CPI(M)-led ruling Left Front committee at its meeting yesterday had decided that the Opposition would have to talk to the government on the Singur issue as the Front had nothing to do with the administrative decision of the state government.

Banerjee, who had a one-to-one talk with Basu on Singur and Nandigram issues on June four, said "it is the state government which had made an illegal arrangement with the Tatas and now the onus is on it to rectify the mistakes."

Earlier, addressing a meeting of party workers, the TC chief said, "The wall that has been built on the land acquired for Singur project would have to be pulled down."

Reiterating that the agitation would continue to press the demand for returning the land the unwilling farmers, she announced a programme of month-long statewide rallies and meetings.

Meanwhile, addressing a public meeting here, Jyoti Basu expressed surprise over the Trinamool Congress' threat to pull down the wall of the Tata Motors plant.

"How can one accept such a position when the state government has embarked on a development initiative and the work on the project has already started.

"We never opposed the development projects undertaken by the then chief minister Bidhan Chandra Roy during the Congress regime in West Bengal," Basu said.


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