Mamata Banerjee to meet Sonia to discuss Singur impasse

September 30th, 2008 - 11:38 am ICT by ANI  

Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi/Kolkata, Sept 30 (ANI): As Tata consider re-locating the stalled ”Nano” project, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi here today to resolve the Singur impasse.
Mamata said that she will submit all papers to the UPA chairperson on the agreement that provides for return of maximum land from within the Tata Motors car project site at Singur to “unwilling” land-losers, signed in the presence of state Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi on September 7.
Meanwhile, the West Bengal Government has convened an all-party meet here today to resolve the farmers land acquisition row.
“We are working to ensure that the Singur and TATA project continues to remain in Singur. Whatever the decision the majority would want to take, then that will have to be implemented. The law of the land has to be allowed to run its course,” said Sitaram Yechury, politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Trinamool Congress is not expected to attend the meeting.
Earlier, West Bengal Industry Minister Nirupam Sen had said, ” West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has written to Tata requesting him to restart work at the Nano plant at Singur. The Chief Minister in his letter had promised to extend all help and cooperation to the Tatas.”
He also said the people of Singur and the state wanted the Tata project to remain at Singur.
On Friday, Bhattacharjee had asked Ratan Tata to restart work at Singur Nano project.
Work on the project has been suspended for nearly a month because of the protest by the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress.
Trouble began after the West Bengal government acquired 1000 acres of farmland for the Tata Motors” small car plant at Singur last year. The State Government offered compensation, which some farmers rejected.
The Trinamool chief has been demanding that at least 400 acres be returned to farmers.
The Government says it is in favour of a land-based solution for farmers but was against disturbing the Tata Motors plant site. (ANI)

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