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Mamata's formula shot down

Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has a formula to end the Singur impasse but the government is not ready to relent, report Arindam Sarkar and Romita Datta.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 02:27 IST

Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee has a formula to end the Singur impasse but the government is not ready to relent.

While Trinamool leaders offered to end the mess if the government reduced the size of land allotted to Tatas, state Industries Minister Nirupam Sen said he would not even consider the idea. He told reporters at Writers' Building that there was no possibility of altering the land map.

CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose hit out at Mamata's agitation. At a rally organised by the Students' Federation of India, Bose said the people of Bengal "would not tolerate any move to create lawlessness and chaos."

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee again appealed to Mamata to call off her hunger strike. However, he sees no point in sending letters. "I have already given her one. How many times do I have to request through letters," he asked.

He also said that when  BJP leader LK Advani called him up, he requested him to prevail upon Mamata.

On Sunday night, Mamata's confidants and senior party leaders convinced her that this solution would be a face-saver for both her and the chief minister. And most importantly, it would also save the farmers who don't want to part with their lands in Singur.

According to this formula, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee should abstain from taking land forcibly from unwilling farmers. "Farmers from Singur block approached me. There is no reason why the government should force them to sell off their lands to them," argued Mamata.

Email Arindam Sarkar: asarkar@hindustantimes.com
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