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'More time needed to assess WB govt's performance'

india Updated: May 17, 2012 20:48 IST
Mahashweta Devi

Litterateur and social activist Mahashweta Devi on Thursday said more time was required to assess the performance of the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, which should also be 'properly responsive' to people's aspirations.

"This government is trying to work. We should wait at least three months more to properly judge the performance of the government," the Magsaysay award winning writer told PTI.

"This government has come to power with a huge mandate. It will have to be properly responsive to the people's aspirations," the octogenarian social activist who stood by the Trinamool Congress supremo at the height of her movements for farmers' rights in Singur and Nandigram, said.

On the state government's claim of having restored peace in the Maoist-hit junglemahal, Mahasweta Devi said, "the government will have to be more serious in resolving the problems in junglemahal on a permanent basis."

She was also hopeful that the state government would be successful in restoring peace in the Darjeeling hills.

Mahashweta Devi, who once dubbed the state government 'fascist' for alleged denial of police permission for a rally by the Association for the Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) in the metropolis, said "we had supported them (Trinamool Congress) for removing the CPI(M) from power and they could achieve that goal.

"I have the best wishes for the Mamata Banerjee government," she added.

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