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Jayalalithaa speaks to Mamata, sends AIADMK team

The AIADMK chief sent a delegation to meet the Trinamool Congress leader in Kolkata, reports Shekhar Iyer.

india Updated: Dec 28, 2006 01:37 IST
Shekhar Iyer
Shekhar Iyer

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa dispatched a delegation to meet Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata to urge her to end fasting that entered 24th day Wednesday.

Jayalalithaa also spoke to Banerjee when the delegation led by AIADMK’s deputy parliamentary leader N Jyoti was with the latter.

Shesaid the AIADMK fully backed her agitation and, as her “elder sister”, she was appealing to her to end the hunger strike as she “had to live long for taking up the people’s causes.”

Jyoti told Hindustan Times from Kolkata that Banerjee was overwhelmed that Jayalalithaa sent a delegation all the way from the South to meet her whereas “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not bother to meet me when he was in Kolkata.”

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee also spoke to Banerjee over phone and enquired about her health condition, a day after she was put on respiratory support.

A Trinamool Congress leader said Vajpayee also informed Banerjee about the decision taken by NDA at its meeting in New Delhi to seek President A P J Abdul Kalam's intervention in the Singur row.

First Published: Dec 28, 2006 01:37 IST