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Trinamool’s ‘balm’ for FTII students criticised

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The CPI-M and the BJP on Sunday ridiculed West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress for sending three of its MPs to Pune to express solidarity with FTII students, protesting against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the institute’s chairman.

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Picture credit: dnaindia.in

Lok Sabha members Abhishek Banerjee and Satabdi Roy and Rajya Sabha chief whip Derek O’Brien will be interacting with the Film and Television Institute of India students on Monday.

The decision was announced on Saturday, a day after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urged the Narendra Modi government to resolve the impasse.

Incidentally, the announcement of the visit came on a day when the Trinamool’s students wing – Trinamool Chhatra Parishad – took out a rally here denouncing student agitation in Presidency University.

A section of the Presidency students have been demanding the resignation of vice chancellor Anuradha Lohia. They allege that she refused to act after several students were assaulted by police during the Friday visit of Mamata Banerjee to the university.

“The party which … has no regard for democratic values and principles is showing solidarity to a students’ movement. This is nothing but mockery,” CPI-M Rajya Sabha member Ritabrata Banerjee told IANS.

Banerjee, also the general secretary of the Students Federation of India, said the motive behind the Trinamool MPs’ visit to Pune was to derive political mileage.

“The Trinamool is feeling left out as the CPI-M has been championing the causes of the students,” added Banerjee.

BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh too denounced the Trinamool’s move.

“Trinamool has a history of denouncing democracy. So how can they let go an opportunity to support a movement which is completely undemocratic?” Singh told.

The decision to include Abhishek, Banerjee’s nephew, in the delegation has also drawn sharp criticism.

Abhishek had flayed last year’s massive agitation by Jadavpur University students demanding the resignation vice chancellor Abhijit Chakrabarty for ‘ordering’ a violent police crackdown on them.

(IANS)

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Mamata Accused Parties for Spreading Hatred, Called ‘Shameless Politics’

Banerjee's comments have come two days after she had accused the Narendra Modi government of "politicising" the Pulwama terror attack.

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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

Banerjee’s comments have come two days after she had accused the Narendra Modi government of “politicising” the Pulwama terror attack and demanded its ouster for “failure” to take precautionary measures despite an intelligence alert of a possible attack.

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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)