The Chief Minister of the Indian state of West Bengal Buddhadev
Bhattacharjee proposed direct talks with the opposition leader Mamata Banerjee.
to resolve the land imbroglio. But, Mamata spurned
the offer and imposed a pre-condition that 400 acres of land must be
returned to unwilling farmers before any dialogue can be initiated.
West Bengal government on Tuesday ruled out returning 400 acres of the Tata
Motors' Nano factory site to farmers, saying such a step would mean dropping
all plans to manufacture the world's cheapest car in the state.
Describing recent protests at Singur as
"unfortunate," Bhattacharjee said that he was in constant touch with
opposition leaders to ease the situation.
Political circles wonder if the opposition is aiming at lingering the crisis
hoping more political mileage.