Bloc leader says Katju right about Mamata

Forward Bloc general secretary Debabrato Biswas on Sunday came out in support of Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju's remarks about Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying he was "correct" and it reflected the general perception of the people.

Talking to mediapersons here, Biswas said that Banerjee had not been able to come out of her mindset of a street fighter. "Her style of work is autocratic and she does not believe in collective leadership. She does not believe in democracy," he said.

For Banerjee, there exists only the Chief Minister in the government and none else matters, Biswas added.

Speaking at the end of a two-day meeting of the national council of Akhil Hind Agragami Kishan Sabha, he said in politics one should have patience to tolerate criticism, but her reply to Justice Katju's comment did not behove a chief minister.

"Due to the autocratic style of her functioning, the freedom of speech in Bengal is in peril," he said, accusing Banerjee of not only betraying Maa, Mati, Manus, but also having "kept the then Governor of West Bengal in the dark over Singur land issue".

He said the Left Front had been punished for wrong tackling of Nandigram and Singur, and felt the people of Bengal would now teach Banerjee a lesson. He said there was no wrong in establishing floor coordination with the BJP on national issues in Parliament.

On November 25, PCI Chairman Justice (Retd) Markandey Katju had criticised Mamata Banerjee for being "intolerant" to criticism.

"People have right to criticise and if one is intolerant to criticism then he or she has no right to be in politics," Katju had said at Press Club in Kolkata while speaking at a programme organised by Kalidas-Galib Foundation to remember writer Sunil Gangopadhyay.

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