Cong urges Buddhadev to halt work on Tata land

Speaking to Bhattacharjee on phone, the minister proposes a three point initiative to create atmosphere for talks with Mamta, reports Saroj Nagi.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 01:03 IST
Saroj Nagi

The Congress-Trinamool joint offensive on the Singur issue showed up with Parliamentary Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi on Wednesday urging West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee to suspend operation on the land allotted to Tatas so that an atmosphere is created for holding a dialogue and for Trinamool leader Mamata Bannerjee to call off her fast.

Speaking to Bhattacharjee on phone, the minister proposed a three point initiative: suspend operations for a fortnight, lift section 144 that was imposed in the area and withdraw the cases against the agitators.

"This will create an atmosphere for talks," said Dasmunsi. He warned of a political backlash if anything happens to Mamata who has been on a hunger strike.

The CM, on his part, maintained that the land for the project has already been acquired and there was little he could do on the matter.

The Minister said that he has kept Congress President Sonia Gandhi informed of his conversation with the CM.

The Minister's effort to speak to the Governor did not succeed as Gopal Krishna Gandhi was away in Chennai. But after conferring with Trinamool MP Dinesh Trivedi, he planned to speak to the CM again so that Mamata's concerns get due cognisance.

First Published: Dec 14, 2006 00:17 IST