West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cut short her Delhi visit,cancelled her meeting with Finance Minister P Chidambaram and returned to Kolkata on Wednesday citing ill-health,24 hours after she and her ministers were heckled by SFI activists outside the Planning Commission office building.
I will come back but let me tell you,Delhi is not a safe place, she said on her way to the airport. She also cancelled her meeting with the Prime Minister. I am returning to Kolkata. I was unwell since last evening and had to be administered oxygen, she said,adding that soon after she cancelled her meeting with the PM,Manmohan Singh called her up and apologised for the incident outside Yojna Bhawan where she and state Finance Minister Amit Mitra faced the wrath of activists protesting the death of SFI leader Sudipto Gupta in Kolkata. I apologised to the PM for not being able to meet him despite appointment. He,in turn,apologised for the incident outside Planning Commission, she said.
TMC Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy led a demonstration at Jantar Mantar in Delhi and termed the attack as pre-planned.
After returning to Kolkata,Mamata was admitted to Belle Vue clinic. She had complained of breathing problem and joint pain. Doctors said that she was stable,but needed rest.
The Bengal government is planning to write to the Centre on steps to be taken regarding the security of the CM in Delhi. Describing the attack on Mamata and her Cabinet colleagues as a conspiracy,TMC leader Partha Chatterjee asked,What was the Delhi Police doing? Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim,who had accompanied Mamata to Delhi,alleged,The CPM is trying to stall development in the state,that is why they are doing this. The Delhi Police are grossly inefficient. The keys of the gate were missing for eight minutes. We have strong suspicion that it was CPM people in the guise of SFI members. They tried to hit the CM on her head.
However,the Delhi Police told the Home Ministry that Mamata had ignored security advice of entering Yojana Bhawan through the well-protected VIP gate. The police have said that Mamata chose to get out of her car and walk through the gate blocked by protesters.
Mamata got a wave of sympathy from across the political spectrum. Both the Congress and the BJP condemned the Left for the incident. While I&B Minister Manish Tewari termed it extremely unfortunate,BJP president Rajnath Singh agreed with Mamata that Delhi was unsafe.