Front restarts process to resume Nandigram peace talks


Kolkata : The all-party peace talks on Nandigram, which collapsed last week, may resume with the Left Front Monday saying a meeting would be held June 2 to end the standoff between the communists and Trinamool Congress.

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"I have spoken to Left Front chairman Biman Bose and fixed June 2 for discussion on Nandigram," said West Bengal Forward Bloc secretary and Front leader Ashok Ghosh.

His comments came as the ruling communists readied for a meeting within its fold to fix the agenda for a proposed second round of talks to restore peace in trouble-torn Nandigram.

Ghosh, authorised by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) to hold all party meetings on Nandigram, said he wanted a discussion with the Left Front before he contacts Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee.

The all-party meeting to restore peace in Nandigram got stalled last week after Banerjee staged a walkout after a heated exchange with the CPI-M that refused to term the March 14 police firing in Nandigram as "genocide".

However, Ghosh, who initiated the peace talks, claimed the meeting was successful and the Trinamool chief has communicated her views on the initiative.

He also said though there were differences on semantics, Banerjee was sincere on return of peace in Nandigram.

At least 21 people have been killed, hundreds injured and several raped in Nandigram, about 150 km from here, in protests since January against a special economic zone (SEZ) being set up in collaboration with Indonesia's Salim Group.Thousands are living in camps since the flare-up.