Bengal CM makes new offer to fasting Mamata
President APJ Abdul Kalam has also discussed the Singur issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 23:50 IST
Fasting Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee on Thursday evening received a fresh letter from the West Bengal government inviting her for talks on a car project she is opposing, even as President APJ Abdul Kalam spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue.
The Trinamool Congress met till late into Thursday night to take a decision on West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya's letter on the 25th day of Mamata's fast against a Tata Motor project at Singur that her party is opposing on the ground that 997 acres of fertile farmland was being given away to India's largest conglomerate.
An emissary of the chief minister met Trinamool leaders around 6:30 pm, triggering speculation about the gesture from the government. However, Banerjee showed no indications of withdrawing her fast.
Meanwhile, reports were received from Howrah near Kolkata about a passenger bus being set on fire by angry Trinamool Congress supporters who were upset over their leader's deteriorating condition since Tuesday.
In New Delhi, the president Thursday expressed "serious concern" over Mamata's health and spoke to Manmohan Singh to stress the need to find a way to end the impasse.
"The President spoke to the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and expressed his serious concern and emphasised the need to find a way to end the stalemate and to enable her to end the fast," a press release - the second of the day - issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
Kalam on Thursday also spoke to Bhattacharya for the second time on the issue, even as a delegation of the opposition National Democratic Alliance, which included former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, called on the president to urge his intervention in the matter.
West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi Wednesday night called on Mamata with a fresh appeal to withdraw her fast.
Earlier in the day, a seven-member medical team constituted by the Trinamool Congress monitored Mamata's deteriorating condition.
The medical team, led by physician Sudarshan Ghosh Dastidar, examined Mamata who had again to be put on oxygen. The doctors attending on her said her blood pressure had dropped to 96/52, coupled with low pulse rate, chest pain and muscle cramp.
Her condition is worrisome, doctors said. The doctors said though Mamata needed to take some oral fluids, she refused it.