India Politics
Parties agree on state-level meeting to stop Nandigram violence
May 14, 2007 - 8:59:48 PM

Kolkata, May 14 - West Bengal's ruling Left Front Monday arrived at a consensus to hold an all-party meeting at the state level to initiate peace process in the trouble-torn Nandigram.

At a meeting of the Left Front in the presence of Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharaya, the Communist Party of India-Marxist - acceded to the proposal of the opposition parties and its own allies like the Forward Bloc, Revolutionary Socialist Party - and the Communist Party of India -.

'Ideally a district-level all-party meeting in East Midnapore would have been better but since the opposition thinks differently we agreed to a state-level meeting first. We want peace at any cost and hence agreed to what they want,' Left Front Committee chairman Biman Basu told a press conference.

The date and other details of the meeting would be finalised following talks between the Front chairman and veteran Forward Bloc leader Ashok Ghosh.

A May 7 meeting of the Left Front had decided on district-level meetings to bring peace while all Front partners began initiating a peace move on their own by speaking to the opposition parties like the Trinamool Congress.

Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee also had telephonic talks with Ghosh on the all-party meeting to stop bloodbath in Nandigram, which has witnessed spiralling violence and at least 21 deaths since January over a special economic zone - project.

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