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Everyone loves a good agitation

Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has been radically different from his colleague from Delhi Mr Yechury’s reaction to last week’s 24-hour bandh called by the CPI(M)’s trade union wing.

india Updated: Aug 27, 2008 22:25 IST

A few days after Sitaram Yechury faced a motley crew of businessmen in Kolkata, that town close to ‘Nano Town’ Singur, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has said that ‘personally’ he doesn’t support bandhs. He added rather candidly for any kind of public personality that ‘unfortunately’ he belongs to a political party (no kidding?) and each time it has called for a shutdown, he has had to ‘keep mum’. But no more, promised the renegade Chief Minister. Next time, he will actually open his mouth and, to twirl the expression around, ‘give away mum’.

Mr Bhattacharjee has been radically different from his colleague from Delhi Mr Yechury’s reaction to last week’s 24-hour bandh called by the CPI(M)’s trade union wing. Mr Yechury, our favourite communist (he is our columnist, after all), insisted last week that bandhs were always the ‘last resort’ and it’s the “pent up frustration of the people that forced us to tread the path of a bandh” on August 20. Telling that to a Kolkata crowd of businessmen, of course, is like selling the idea of Antarctica being a tropical paradise to a bunch of penguins. Six days later, Mr Bhattacharjee stated that “perhaps, our colleagues in Delhi are also changing”. Frankly, we’ll believe it when we see it.

In the meantime we wonder whether the comrades — from Delhi and Kolkata (considering that even the personally-opposed-to-bandhs Mr Bhattacharjee couldn’t-didn’t stop the August 20 bandh) — ruefully and enviously look at the shenanigans of their successor, Mamata Banerjee... and sigh.