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'CPI-M, Trinamool should solve Singur row'

kolkata Updated: Aug 28, 2008 22:44 IST

Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) West Bengal secretary Biman Bose on Thursday said he would request the state government to "take the necessary steps" to resolve the stalemate over the Singur land row with the opposition Trinamool Congress.

"I'll take the matter up with the state government and ask the administration to take necessary steps to solve the stalemate," Bose told a press conference in Kolkata.

He said: "I also appeal to the Trinamool Congress leadership to discuss the issue with the government and arrive at a solution. Both the parties should amicably sort out the issue by dialogue. They should continue the process, if not solved in a single talk. I am sure the issue would be solved only by dialogue."

He said the indefinite siege by the Trinamool Congress in front of the Tata Motors' Nano project in Singur was affecting the state's economy.

"Many life-saving medicines, which come from other states, could not reach West Bengal because of the traffic gridlock on Durgapur Expressway - an important lifeline of the state," he added.

Bose said the state administration should find some alternatives to divert the traffic, which is stuck due to the Trinamool's agitation on the Durgapur expressway.

The Trinamool-led Krishijami Jiban Jibika Raksha Committee (KJJRC), which opposes the takeover of farmland for the Tata project, called for an indefinite protest at the Nano factory site from Sunday (August 24).

The protesters are demanding the return of 400 acres of land which they allege was forcibly taken from "unwilling farmers" to build ancillary industries adjacent to the Tata Motors' main plant. A total of 997.11 acres was acquired for the project, of which 691.66 acres belonged to farmers who gave their land willingly.