Talks Friday to resolve Singur stalemate

September 3rd, 2008 - 8:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Sep 3 (IANS) With West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi playing the mediator, the state’s ruling Left Front government and the opposition Trinamool Congress-led Krishijami Jiban Jibika Raksha Committee (KJJRC) will hold a meeting Friday to find a solution to the vexed Singur land row over Tata Motors’ Nano project.”The date for talks has been finalised. It’ll be held Friday,” senior Trinamool Congress leader Partha Chattopadhyay told IANS.

The development came a day after Tata Motors signalled its readiness to pull out of West Bengal and suspended operations at the Singur plant in view of the continued confrontation and agitation at the project site.

The meeting will likely be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Raj Bhawan here.

Despite initial reluctance, the ruling coalition and the Trinamool Congress later agreed to Gandhi’s proposals and requested him to don the mantle of mediator himself.

The governor earlier appealed to both the parties to seek the help of a mediator who has “no political or industrial affiliations” to resolve the matter.

Chattopadhyay also met Gandhi repeatedly in the past two days at Raj Bhavan, the governor’s official residence, to arrive at a solution to the Singur impasse.

Meanwhile, a section of city intellectuals organised a meeting at Esplanade Wednesday evening protesting against Trinamool’s agitation.

Trinamool’s indefinite siege of the Nano plant entered the tenth day Wednesday.

The issue reflects a larger standoff between the state government’s policy to usher in industrialisation, and farmers unwilling to part with land in a country where two-thirds of the billion-plus population depends on agriculture.

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