The Congress expressed concern over Mamata Bannerjee’s deteriorating health but distanced itself from any possible fallout from it by appealing to the Left Front government and the Trinamool Congress to find a way out as the issue involved the two parties.
"The Congress is concerned about Mamata’s condition. There is need to find a solution at the earliest at the state level and before any mishap takes place. This can be done between the Trinamool and the state government,’’ said spokesman Abhishek Singhvi.
Singhvi stressed that he was not going into the merits of the Singur controversy that had prompted the West Bengal leader to go on a hunger strike.
He dismissed the NDA’s charge that the Centre would be held responsible should anything happen to Mamata. "We are not bothered by what the NDA says but by Mamata’s condidtion. Her health is our immediate concern," he said, adding that other things could be worked out later.
In this connection, he noted that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had sent his emissary to try and broker a rapprochement with the state government so that the Trinamool leader calls off her fast. ``What more could
he have done?’’ asked Singhvi.
He also said he was not aware whether Congress president Sonia Gandhi planned to visit Singur. Dismissing suggestions that the Congress was distancing itself from the Singur issue, the spokesman stressed that the matter has become a ``totally human issue.’’
He also said that the party backed certain aspects of the Singur campaign like the demand for proper compensation for farmers.