WHAT is the similarity among the trio of Kunal Ghosh,Shivaji Panja and Ritabrata Bhattacharya,besides they being close aides of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee? They are all young and have made forays into the films. While Ghosh,Rajya Sabha member of Trinamool and editor of a news channel,and Panja,an entrepreneur and member of the governments task force on information and culture,have become film producers,the third Bhattacharya,who is the media adviser to the CM and was earlier an accomplished TV journalist,has joined the first two by directing a film Basantatsov,which was released on March 29.
PANCHAYAT Minister Subrata Mukherjee invited the ire of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when on Friday he agreed to the proposal of Governor M K Narayanan of holding the panchayat elections in three phases,a demand made by the state election commission. After leaving Raj Bhavan,Mukherjee went to meet the CM at her residence where Mamata lashed out at Mukherjee saying her government will not be run by the advice of the Governor or the Election Commissioner. Mukherjee tried to reason with her saying the matter was going to court where the government would be in a sticky wicket. But Mamata did not listen and instead advised Mukherjee to leave the matter to party general secretary Mukul Roy. Mukherjee,sources said,was so angry that he even expressed his wish to quit the cabinet.
THEY revolted,against the irregularities and unjust orders of the government and now they are paying the price of it as the Trinamool government has put them on compulsory waiting a state where you do not get a posting but get the salary and other benefits. In the last one year,at least 10 senior West Bengal Civil Service officers had been sent to compulsory waiting for antagonising their political masters. Among them is Umapada Chatterjee,who as director of information had cleared advertisement bills of Ganashankti,CPMs mouthpiece,and earned the CMs wrath.