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You have right to point out our mistakes: Mamata to Ashok Ghosh

The Chief Minister said she shares the lifestyle of various Left leaders who believed in simple living and working for the masses.

Mamata Banerjee, Ashok Ghosh, Trinamool Congress, All India Forward Bloc, mamata Trinamool Congress, Kolkata news Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with veteran Forward Bloc leader Ashok Ghosh in Kolkata on Thursday. (Source: Express photo by Subham Dutta)

In a warm sign of goodwill between political foes, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday told veteran Left leader Ashok Ghosh that he had the “right” to point out her mistakes while the latter described the Trinamool Congress chief as being just like his “younger sister”.

During a visit to the office of All India Forward Bloc — which is a partner of Left Front — to wish Ghosh on his birthday last week, Mamata also said that politics does not mean misusing power but working for the masses.

“Give us advise. If you see that any mistake is being committed by us anywhere, I give you the right to point it out,” she said after greeting 94-year-old Ghosh with flowers and sweets and wishing him a healthy life.

Mamata added: “I am here for a courtesy visit as I couldn’t come to wish him on his birthday earlier this month. I had decided that once I am back in Kolkata, I will come and visit him. I had spoken to him on his birthday.”

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Heaping praises on Ghosh, Mamata said in his presence: “Ashokda belongs to the genre of political leaders who have dedicated their lives to the masses. Leaders like him are examples. Rather than leading luxurious lives, they have taken pains and suffered hardships to work for the masses.”

The Chief Minister said she shares the lifestyle of various Left leaders who believed in simple living and working for the masses.

She also added: “Politics doesn’t mean misusing power, but working for the masses and living up to commitments. Politics means what you say on Day 1, you should follow that on Day 100 also.”

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Ghosh, on his part, said: “We all want to follow the ideology of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in our work. Mamata Banerjee, too, follows that ideology. She is just like my younger sister.”

First published on: 10-07-2015 at 12:00:00 am
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