Aggression is CM’s name
Undaunted by the winds of change blowing across West Bengal, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee displayed his old arrogance saying he would never repeat the mistake of sitting with the opposition to resolve a crisis as he had done in 2008 to solve the Singur crisis.india Updated: Apr 16, 2011 15:45 IST
Undaunted by the winds of change blowing across West Bengal, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee displayed his old arrogance saying he would never repeat the mistake of sitting with the opposition to resolve a crisis as he had done in 2008 to solve the Singur crisis.
“You have all seen what happened after the Left Front tried to resolve the Singur fiasco through discussions with the opposition. They didn’t even accord proper respect that the resolution deserved. I learnt a bitter lesson. Never in my life will I repeat such a mistake,” the chief minister said.
He was addressing a question-answer session “Face to face with the chief minister” organised by some pro-Left intellectuals in Kolkata on Friday afternoon.
To a question on how he stays patience in the face of abusive language, which the opposition leaders use and passes personal comments against his family members inside the legislative Assembly, Bhattacharjee said, “I have to be patient.
Apart from this I have been watching the opposition for a long time now. I do not consider them important.”
Bhattacharjee also rubbished the results of opinion polls, undertaken by some media houses, which hinted that the Left Front would be defeated in the forthcoming elections and would manage to retain less than 100 seats.
“The owners of some media houses think that they are more intelligent than the collective wisdom of the electorate,” he said with a sarcastic smile.
While Bhattacharjee retained his aggression, Left-minded intellectuals lashed out at the opposition comparing it with Mir Jafar who deceived Nawab Siraj-Ud-Daulah and surrendered his army in battlefield against Robert Clive.
Economist Debesh Roy said: “The way the opposition betrayed the people of Bengal by not allowing the Nano factory to be set up in Singur, I don’t think after Mir Jafar anybody had betrayed the people of Bengal in such a way. That was the most heinous crime ever committed.”
Launching a scathing attack on the exhibition of Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s paintings that had generated a few crore rupees, painter Isha Mohammad said: “No exhibition in the country has generated such a huge amount. Actually the exhibition is an alibi to generate money to oust the Left Front. Big industrialists and NRIs who cant directly give her money donated to her fund to out the Left Front in this way.”