Mamta rejects talks offer from Buddha
Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee rejects Buddha's offer of direct talks and is sticks to her demand for the return of 400 acre taken from "unwilling farmers" for the Tata plant.kolkata Updated: Aug 25, 2008 21:12 IST
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday rejected West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's fresh offer of talks to end the Singur deadlock and stuck to her demand that 400 acres be returned immediately to farmers.
Banerjee, speaking from her dharna 'manch'(dais) beside the Tata Motors small car factory here, said Bhattacharjee had earlier backed out from his promise to discuss the Singur issue when she was on a 26-day hunger-strike in Kolkata in 2006.
"A few days after I was admitted to hospital after giving up the fast, he imposed prohibitory orders in Singur and forcibly acquired land from poor farmers," she said.
Threatening to intensify the indefinite dharna launched since yesterday to other parts of the state, Banerjee said, "We are ready to join a discussion, but land should be returned first."
The Trinamool chief said, "If he really wants a solution he should return 400 acres and enable the Tata plant to come up on 600 acre without making it an ego issue.
"Alternate land of 500 acre is lying nearby with the CPI-M-backed promoters where the vendor park of the Tata Motors can be relocated," she said.
She alleged that the Chief Minister was resorting to dilatory tactics by urging for the dharna to be withdrawn and talks held.
Banerjee said that the indefinite agitation would continue. Charging the Chief Minister with holding brief for the Tatas, she said that he had not been saying a word for the poor.
She alleged that the CPI-M had humiliated her many times and warned it not to belittle her politically. "I have nothing to gain, I will continue to fight for the people as long as I live," she said.