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Is President's Rule in Bengal on the cards? The buzz in the political circle as well as in the corridors of power is that it could turn out to be a reality given the series of incidents taking place in the state. Reports of human toll in political clashes has become almost a routine, and the Centre has already started exerting huge pressure on the state government to improve the law and order situation. Secondly, Governor M K Narayanan, who is the eyes and ears of the Centre in the state, issued a strong statement against the Left Front government in the aftermath of the Netai killings in which nine persons lost their lives in the firing allegedly carried out by CPM cadres. Narayanan, who described the incident "a shame and blot on society", is reminding the government to act on it instead holding meetings. Amid this, Trinamool Congresss chief Mamata Banerjee has been saying that the Left Front government, which came when the state was under President's Rule, would also make an exit during President's Rule.
Mamata's name game baffles
We all know that Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has a creative bent of mind. But last week, her choice of names for new Metro stations on Dum Dum-Barasat section left many bewildered. She chose Maulana Abul Kalam Azad as the name for Dum Dum Cantonment, Jibanananda Das for Jessore Road, Lokenath Brahmachari for Birati station and Mother Teresa for New Barrackpore station. But what surprised everyone was when she announced that the station at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport will be named "Jai Hind".
Last and the least
Not only in terms of political acumen, the second-rung Trinamool leaders lag far behind Mamata Banerjee even in terms of physical agility and briskness. This was proved once again at a rally in Singur last week. Didi began the 4.5-kilometre walk from Joymollah crossing to Hnaser Chowk Beltola along with party leaders Partha Chatterjee and Ratna Dey Nag. But Mamata left them far behind and reached the venue. Well after Mamata completed her speech, which took her about 40 minutes, and was about to leave the dais, an announcement was made: "Partha Chatterjee and Ratna Dey Nag have reached!"
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