Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Basu olive branch for Mamata


Statesman News Service
KOLKATA, June 1: In a significant development, veteran CPI-M leader, Mr Jyoti Basu today sounded conciliatory note asking Miss Mamata Banerjee, Trinamul Congress chief to settle differences over Nandigram in a meeting. Things went awry after Miss Banerjee stormed out of an all-party meeting at Mahajati Sadan when the CPI-M leadership refused to accept that a genocide had occured in Nandigram on 14 March.
While Mr Basu stuck to the party stand that no genocide had occurred at Nandigram, he sought to play the role of an elder statesman while emerging out of the state secretariat meeting from the party headquarters at Alimuddin Street. Restoration of peace in Nandigram is the need of the hour as nearly 2,500 CPI-M supporters and a large number of Opposition party activists have fled their homes at adjoining Khejuri, the former chief minister said.
“How long can such a situation continue? he wondered. The Trinamool Congress should sit with the Left Front for a negotiated settlement,” he said.
While extending a olive branch, the veteran leader harped on the party stand that the Trinamool Congress was unnecessarily insisting on terming the 14 March killings at Nandigram as “genocide.”