Kolkata Confidential

Pinching words

Minister for Irrigation and Small Scale Industries Manas Bhuniya's remark that "CPM moles in the state administration are obstructing the implementation of various development programmes" has not gone down well with the officers of his own department. One special secretary, who was recently transferred to his department, is keen to take up the matter with Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh.

Grooming reasons

To date, Singur, Nandigram and organisational weaknesses were to be blamed for the CPM's successive political defeats in the state. But now senior CPM leader and state Left Front chairman Biman Bose has pointed out one more reason to the declining fortunes of the party. In an in-depth study about the reasons for the Left Front's debacles, which was published in 'Desh Hitaishi' recently, Bose blamed it on the party's failure to produce "ideal Communist leaders". "We could not groom ideal Communist leaders and workers," Bose said.

Friendly News

Mamata Banerjee has a unique way of disseminating "news", a habit that she has not forsaken from her Kalighat days. Even today as the chief minister of the state, she calls her "favourite" reporters to her office at Writers' Buildings for what is reportedly termed as a session of adda. And it is during such "addas", the "breaking news" surface, which her "favourite" reporters get to flash it on their network. Last Friday, during such an adda, the CM disclosed her plan to visit Darjeeling and Jhargram. Soon, one TV news channel began flashing the breaking news, leaving "not-so-favourite" reporters running from pillar to post to get it confirmed.

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