Singur: Mamata to join Governor at Raj Bhavan

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Singur, Sep 7: Accepting West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi's invitation, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday, Sep 7 headed for the Raj Bhavan in Kolkata to participate in the discussions with the state government so that a 'respectable' solution could be reached to the long-drawn Nano tangle.

''The Governor has written to me and urged me to take part in the talks to solve the row over land acquisition. He has also assured in the letter that there is also a possibility of providing land to the land-losing farmers of Singur both from inside as well as outside the Nano car project area,'' Ms Banerjee told newspersons here.

''I want a respectable solution to the impasse and therefore I have agreed to the Governor's suggestion to be a part of the discussions. The unwilling farmers from whom 400 acres of land was forcibly acquired will get justice,'' the Trinamool leader added.

Ms Banerjee, along with Singur MLA Rabindranath Bhattacharya and Krishi Jami Raksha Committee convenor Becharam Manna, left for Kolkata at 1400 hours. Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Partha Chatterjee had already left for the Raj Bhavan earlier in the day. The meeting between the Opposition leaders and state government is scheduled to be held at 1500 hours.

Ms Banerjee, however, asserted that the dharna would continue till an amicable solution to the land acquisition row was reached.

''Even as I leave for Kolkata, the dharna at Singur will continue simultaneously. Our agitation will not be suspended until the farmers get justice. I will return to Singur as soon as the talks with the Governor and state government are over,'' she reiterated.

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