Author-activist Mahasweta Devi, a prominent Mamata Banerjee supporter during the previous Left Front regime, criticised the Trinamool government on Monday for its “fascist” ways.
Mahasweta Devi’s comment came after human rights organisation Association for the Protection of Democratic Rights (APDR) was denied permission to hold a rally in the heart of the city on November 23 and 24.
The organisation is demanding withdrawal of joint forces from Jangalmahal, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and release of political prisoners.
“This government is a result of peoples’ protest movements ... and now it is trying to gag the people of Bengal by denying them their right to protest,” said the eminent author.
“She (Banerjee) should immediately withdraw her hukumat, if she has any sensitivity left,” she added.
Reacting to the comment, Banerjee said, “She has become old. I respect her age…I have noticed others were prompting whatever she was saying at the press conference.”
“It is totally false that we have asked them not to hold any rally. The area was booked by some other organisation for the meeting. So we had asked APDR to hold the rally somewhere else,” added the CM.
(With inputs from agencies)