Tata not ready to change Singur land pattern

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Kolkata, Sep 4 (UNI) Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata today wrote to West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi, saying the land pattern of Nano project cannot be altered, while Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, his ministerial colleagues and representatives of the Opposition met the state's head separately in a daylong hectic activity before tomorrow's conciliatory meeting on the Singur imbroglio.

Sources in the Raj Bhavan said a copy of Mr Tata's letter to the Governor had been sent to Mr Bhattacharjee.

According to sources, the letter said the land pattern of the integrated small car project was not possible to change, since it tantamounted to discarding the whole project.

The letter came in reply to one sent by the Governor yesterday, following the impasse created by Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee's demand to give back to farmers 400 acre of the project land and Tata Motors' decision to pull out from Singur.

Mr Tata, however, reportedly said in the letter that his company was ready to participate in talks to help solve the problem.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister held a meeting with the Governor in the evening and discussed with him the latest situation.

Earlier in the day, the Governor began the process of finding a formula to unwind the Singur tangle by holding separate meetings with Industry Minister Nirupam Sen, Panchayat Minister Surjyakanta Mishra, a five-member delegation of the opposition, headed by Leader of the Opposition Partha Chattopadhyaya, Sudip Bandopadhyaya, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Commerce and Industry in the state Assembly.

Former Bombay High Court Chief Justice Chittatosh Mukherjee was present at all the discussions, held at the Raj Bhavan.

The Governor, who offered to broker peace between Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and the state government, also visited noted economist Amlan Dutta and spoke to former state Finance Minister Ashok Mitra to elicit their views on the issue.

A Raj Bhavan communique said Mr Gandhi was looking forward to a meaningful dialogue tomorrow.

At Singur, where Ms Banerjee was continuing with an indefinite 'dharna' to press for her demand, said the Governor's peace initiative would ''bring smiles'' on the faces of all people.

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