Controversies aside,Mamata Banerjee gets support from estranged friends

Litterateur Mahasweta Devi,who has been critical of Trinamool chief's policies,has condemned the attack on Mamata.

Written by Arshad Ali | Arshad Ali | Published: April 11, 2013 3:22 pm

Despite the controversy whether the attack on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the finance minister Amit Mitra,in Delhi,was a pre-meditated one by SFI or an intentional one sparked by Mamata breaching security protocol,fact remains that Mamata has managed to gain a lot of support,including from friends who seemed to be drifting away.

On the other hand there has been a definite dent in the comeback process of the Opposition CPI(M),in Bengal.

In a press conference today,celebrated writer and activist Mahasweta Devi wished a speedy recovery of Mamata Banerjee and said she was happy the way the CM had dealt with things so far. “I strongly condemn the attack on the chief minister and the finance minister. The CPIM had taken Bengal to an abysmally low level in terms of law and order and I am happy at the way Mamata has been working to salvage the state. Two years is not enough to undo the misdeeds of her predecessor but she has been trying her best and succeeding to a great extent,” she said and quickly added that any backlash on that pretext too,was uncalled for.

“Any death and any incident of violence should be condemned,” she said referring to the death of SFI leader Sudipta Gupta and the attack of TMCP suporters on Presidency University as well as the razing of CPIM party offices across Bengal.

She added the death of Sudipta Gupta could have been avoided if police and administration had been prompt in carrying out their duties.

“The police officers responsible for the death of Sudipta should be punished suitably,” she said.

As a solution to the prevalent violence in the state,she said,“There is no problem in the world that cannot be solved through mutual dialogues. The two parties should sit down to a meeting and discuss the issues.” Asked who should initiate the talks,the ruling party or the Opposition,she said,“Anyone can do it,even the governor can do it.”

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