Party MP targets Mamata again
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Trinamool MP Kabir Suman seems to be in no mood to give up the battle against his party chief and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. In his blog, www.kabirsumanonline.com, Suman has posted questions for Banerjee regarding her January 25 meeting with Irom Sharmila Chanu, who has been on a fast for over a decade demanding the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Power Act from Manipur.
Banerjee, during her election campaign in Manipur, praised Chanu for her relentless battle against AFSPA, and promised its withdrawal if the TMC was voted to power. A day later, Suman posted a few questions for Banerjee on his blog.
"Honourable Chief Minister, have you ever spoken about Chanu in your speech in the past? Tell me, how many times have you uttered words against AFSPA? Would you have paid a visit to Manipur if there was no Trinamool candidate in the poll fray?" Suman asked.
Upping the ante against Banerjee, Suman questioned the justification of retaining the joint forces in Junglemahal. "Several persons have been arrested in our state under the Unlawful Assembly Prevention Act. The honourable Chief Minister (during her Manipur visit) has said that problems cannot be addressed through the Army. It needs a political solution. She is absolutely right. So what are the joint forces doing in our state? Today, Trinamool chief is delivering speech in Manipur against AFSPA. Then why did she oppose when I wanted to stand in front of Parliament with a poster in hand against UAPA?" he asked.
Banerjee, at a recent press conference, had said that nominating Suman as a TMC candidate from Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat was a blunder which will not be repeated.
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