Fish fry, Lecture and Advices to Left leaders from Mamata on How to keep BJP on bay

published on June 14, 2014

Calcutta, June 9: They came, they nibbled at fish fry and she conquered.

Mamata Banerjee today carpet-bombed a Left delegation with such a charm offensive that war-horses like Biman Bose were left wondering at the end of the session whether they went to discuss how to keep Narendra Modi out of Bengal or poll-related attacks on their cadres.

By offering tea, sympathy and a lecture on how to tackle Modi’s party, the chief minister sent an unmistakable message: the Left that straddled Bengal like a colossus for decades is a spent force now and the challenger worthy of her attention is the BJP whose account in the Assembly is yet to cross one MLA.

“What happened today was really humiliating…. Our supporters are suffering because of Trinamul and she gave us a lecture,” said a senior CPM leader.

The Left leaders had sought the appointment with the chief minister as part of a strategy to embarrass her and send a message to the crestfallen cadres.

It also left the goalpost open for a free kick by the BJP that bagged 16.8 per cent votes in the Lok Sabha polls. “I find this development funny… The Trinamul and the Left are trying to come together to stop the BJP. Today, the first meeting was held,” said Rahul Sinha, the state BJP president.

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