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Offer to Kshiti wife

Calcutta, June 3: Mamata Banerjee today offered the post of chairperson of the state women’s commission to former Left Front minister Kshiti Goswami’s wife Sunanda.

“I have received Mamata’s proposal. I am seriously considering it,” Sunanda said.

Left sources said RSP leader Goswami had good relations with Mamata when he was a minister. He had publicly backed Mamata during her Singur agitation.

The outgoing chairperson of the state women’s commission, Malini Bhattacharya, had defeated Mamata in the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat in 1989. A CPM state committee member said the chief minister was trying to “weaken” the party by “wooing” the junior partners of the Left Front.

Mamata’s gesture came on a day she “assured” the leader of the Opposition, Surjya Kanta Mishra, of “looking into’’ the Left’s complaint of attacks on its workers and sympathisers since the poll results on May 13.

Mishra, the former health minister, led a Left delegation to the chief minister at Writers’ this evening. The team submitted a memorandum on the alleged attacks in the districts. Industries minister Partha Chatterjee was also present at the 30-minute meeting.

Mishra said after the meeting: “We told the chief minister about the attacks on our workers. Twelve Left workers have been killed and over 7,000 have been rendered homeless since the poll results were announced. She gave us a patient hearing and told us to submit specific instances of such incidents mentioning the names of those attacked… names of places where such incidents were happening.’’

Asked if the team was satisfied with Mamata’s assurance, the CPM leader said: “It’s not a question of satisfaction or dissatisfaction. She has promised to look into our complaints. Her stand that people shouldn’t take the law into their hands is a positive gesture. But that has to be implemented at the grassroots level.’’

On Mamata’s instructions, Chatterjee received the Left team in front of the first-floor elevator and escorted the leaders to the conference room. Mishra said he had told Mamata that the Left Front would “caution and warn our party workers if they indulge in violence’’.

On the issue of illegal arms seizures, he said: “We welcome the confiscation of illegal arms. But Trinamul workers are accompanying police during the seizure drives. In some places, arms are planted in the houses of Left workers and then the police are being informed.”

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