No dialogue with Buddha on Singur: Mamata

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Kolkata, Dec 30 (UNI) Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today ruled out holding any dialogue with West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee over Singur issue.

"We will not negotiate with the Chief Minister who was responsible for the killing of farmers at Nandigram," Ms Banerjee told the reporters here today, while announcing the launch of a new Front to challenge the Left Front in the coming elections in the state.

"I readily accepted an invitation from former chief minister Jyoti Basu for discussing issues because of my respect for him as a politician. He had also the wisdom to understand the essence of the problem. He agreed that the land of the unwilling farmers for the Tata Motor's small car project should be returned," she said.

"It is now clear that the CPI(M)'s top leaders are not prepared to listen to the views of Basu. Since they are not respecting a leader of his stature, how can we expect that views of the Opposition on Singur and Nandigram," she questioned.

The CPI(M) led ruling Left Front committee had decided in a meeting yesterday that the Opposition would have to talk to the government on the Singur issue. But negating such a possibility, Mamata reiterated her determination to continue with the agitation and announced a programme of month-long statewide rallies and meetings.

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