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Dasmunsi writes to West Bengal CM on Mamata issue

Parliamentaray Affairs Minister urges Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to 'take steps' to save the life of Mamata Bannerjee who is in a critical condition.

india Updated: Dec 18, 2006 22:37 IST

Parliamentaray Affairs Minister PR Dasmunsi urged West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Monday to "take steps" to save the life of Trinamool leader Mamata Bannerjee who is in a "critical condition" since Sunday following her indefinite fast over the Singur issue.

In a letter, Dasmunsi suggested that after having agreed to consider sympathetically to withdraw the cases against the farmers and agitators, the Chief Minister can consider returning the land to individuals or families who did not take or refused to accept money and giving a hearing to those cases where someone has officially complained that they were pressured to accept money for the land that was acquired from them.

"If you just provide a positive approach to these issues we can definitely and collectively persuade her (Mamata) to break the fast and to talk on the entire issue at your level. If you call a meeting with Tata Group, all parties can collectively explain to Tata to strengthen your hand for an alternative site, if possible," Dasmunsi said in his letter to the CM. A few months' delay in the project would not be a problem, he said, adding that it was imperative to set aside politics and ideological issues and save Mamata's life.

The Minister—who had also spoken to the CM last week—stressed that there is a consensus on the need for massive industrialisation in the state. At the same time, however, there were differing views on the choice of site (for the Tata project). "You are our Chief Minister and naturally you have to be magnanimous," he said in his letter to the CM.

First Published: Dec 18, 2006 22:37 IST