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Singur imbroglio: Mamata rejects Buddha's offer for talks

August 25, 2008 16:08 IST
Last Updated: August 25, 2008 18:19 IST

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee rejected West Bengal Chief  Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's offer of talks and stuck to her demand for returning 400 acres of land to 'unwilling' sellers of land.

In a climbdown from his stand on the Singur issue, Bhattacharjee earlier in the day had invited the Trinamool Congress chief for direct talks with him on the Singur issue.

"I am ready to discuss anything with her. All issues raised by her party can be discusssed," Bhattacharjee told newsmen after writing a fresh letter to Banerjee.

In his letter, Bhattacharjee said, "As a responsible Opposition leader you must appreciate that the quick implementation of the project is very important for the state.

"We are facing a critical situation when many other states have offered the Tatas to shift their small car plant from Singur," he said.

Asking the Trinamool Congress to join hands with the government to implement the Tata project, Bhattacharjee had said he was optimistic of a solution.

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