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Saturday , November 30 , 2013
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Mamata ‘Leukoplast’ advice to Left
Didi plan to counter Saradha ‘canards’

Calcutta, Nov. 29: Mamata Banerjee today launched a vitriolic attack on the Left in the Assembly, advising it to keep shut for 10 years, and later chalked out a plan at a party meeting to counter “canards” being spread by the rival on the Saradha default issue.

Replying to a question in the Assembly, the chief minister said: “Dash bochhor Leukoplast diye mukh bandho kore rakha uchit aar manush er kachhe giye bola uchit amraa anyay korechhi (They should put Leukoplast on their mouths for 10 years. They should also go to people and admit their wrongdoings).”

The Left MLAs had boycotted the session and walked out moments before Mamata’s outburst.

While replying to another question on the health department, which she oversees, Mamata glanced at the empty Opposition benches several times.

The “performance of the Left Front government”, especially that of then health minister Surjya Kanta Mishra, came under attack from the chief minister, who listed the “mistakes” of the earlier regime. “Hospitals had become living hell,” she said.

Mishra is at the forefront of renewed protests by the Left on the Saradha issue.

Addressing an extended session of Trinamul’s working committee at Kshudiram Anushilan Kendra later in the day, Mamata spelt out the party’s strategy to “counter” the “conspiracy to spread canards” about the government on the Saradha issue.

“The CPM is calling us cheats. They are the biggest cheats. In the 35 years of Left rule, chit fund companies had thrived unchecked,” the chief minister said, drawing loud applause from the audience.

“Go and write everywhere that the CPM is responsible for Bengal’s doom,” she added.

“One or two persons make mistakes and the entire party earns a bad name,” Mamata said.

The chief minister unleashed an attack on the Centre for not clearing the Protection of Interest of Depositors in Financial Establishments Bill, 2013, which the state government had introduced after Saradha went bust.

Trinamul sources said the party had decided to intensify its rebuttal of the Opposition’s charges in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls next year.

Kunal statement

A Salt Lake court today allowed arrested Trinamul MP Kunal Ghosh to make a statement before a judicial magistrate on Monday on the operations of the Saradha Group.

The Bidhannagar additional chief judicial magistrate’s court refused to grant bail to Kunal, who has been suspended from Trinamul, and sent him to 14 days’ judicial custody.

Civic heads

Trinamul leader Rathin Chakraborty will be the new mayor of Howrah. In the civic elections earlier this month, Trinamul snatched the Howrah Municipal Corporation from the Left.

Pranab Basu and Durgesh Malladeb will be the chairmen of the Midnapore and Jhargram municipalities. Asim Saha, the former chairman of Krishnagar municipality who defected from the Congress to Trinamul before the polls, will get another term.