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Breakthrough seen in Singur issue

VP Singh said he had a positive discussion on the issue with West Bengal chief minister on Friday.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2006 14:44 IST

Hinting at a breakthrough in the Tata Motors land acquisition deal, former prime minister VP Singh said he had a positive discussion on the issue with West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee on Friday.

Singh, who came to Kolkata on Friday morning in a possible attempt to break the deadlock, drove straight to the state secretariat to hold an hour long discussion with the chief minister.

"Talks have been positive and cordial. We not only discussed the Singur issue but also the larger perspective with regard to policy matters in the whole country," Singh told reporters immediately after emerging out of the meeting.

He also said that he was going to meet Trinamul Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee and veteran Marxist leader Jyoti Basu later in the day.

Mamata Banerjee has been on fast for the last 12 days on a makeshift dias in the Esplanade area in the heart of the city in protest against acquistion of farmland for the Tata Motors project at Singur, 35 kms from Kolkata.

The state government has already acquired 997 acres of land at Singur in Hooghly district and is in the process of handing over the same to Tata Motors for setting up their plant to manufacture the Rs One lakh small car.

Mamata has been objecting to the acquistion of multi-crop agricultural land for the project and demanding its relocation to any non-agricultural land.

First Published: Dec 15, 2006 13:43 IST