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Trinamool MPs to visit FTII to show solidarity with students


Kolkata:  West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be sending three party MPs to FTII Pune to express solidarity with students protesting for nearly three months against Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as the institute’s chairman, the Trinamool Congress said on Saturday.

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Trinamool Rajya Sabha member Derek O’Brien said the delegation comprising Lok Sabha members Abhishek Banerjee and Satabdi Roy and himself would visit the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune on Monday to show solidarity with the students. Lending her support to the agitating students, Banerjee, also the Trinamool supremo, on Friday had urged the Narendra Modi-led central government to resolve the impase.

“The central government must resolve the prevailing unrest situation at FTII, Pune. They must take students and teachers into confidence. Political purpose should not stand in the way, institutions are above everything. Since I was associated with student movements in the past, I respect student movement. I support their genuine cause always, Banerjee had said on a social networking site.


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Mamta Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal. Wikimedia

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Wednesday accused certain political parties and people holding constitutional positions in the country of rumour-mongering and spreading hatred in the society, and termed it “shameless politics”.

“One section of political parties/groups along with people holding constitutional positions are indulging in rumour-mongering, spreading hatred with dangerous statements. Even journalists are not spared. This is shameless politics. What levels of polluted politics have we descended to?” she wrote on Twitter without naming any particular political outfit.

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Mamata Banerjee accused Modi government of “politicising” the Pulwama terror attack. Flickr

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The Trinamool Congress supremo and her senior party leaders, including Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, have also claimed the Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were “using the Pulwama incident” to incite communal violence in the state. (IANS)