There is no room for protests and criticism in Mamata Raj. The chief minister has made this amply clear from public platforms and even private conversations. From Maoists to Marxists, she has labelled all her critics, even throwing some of them behind bars.
On Wednesday, Mamata displayed yet another trait that was till now unknown — she thinks that the world, except her own party supporters — is conspiring to eliminate her.
Kicking off her panchayat poll campaign from Gaighata in the North 24-Parganas, the chief minister said the protests that greeted her at Kamduni, where she had gone to meet the family of a girl who was raped and murdered, were not spontaneous but a deliberate attempt to murder her. “I have information that the CPI(M), Congress, Maoists and a section of the media are conspiring to kill me. On June 17, when I went to Kamduni, I wasn’t aware that Matangini’s sister organisation (a pro-Maoist body) was entrenched there. The Maoists have been active in the area since Jamaishasthi (June 14),” Mamata told the crowd.
Ten days after the brutal rape and murder of a college student at Kamduni in Barasat, Mamata visited the victim’s family and faced protests from the villagers, who questioned her belated presence in the area. A day before her visit, representatives of five ultraLeft organisations, including the Matangini Mahila Samiti, conducted a rally at Kamduni.
“As I was walking towards my vehicle from the victim’s house, I remained unguarded for close to two hours. A television journalist provoked villagers to squat on the roads, so blocking my security,” Mamata alleged. “The CPI(M) and the Congress think that they will capture power by killing me. But I’d like to tell them that they’re not coming back to power again,” Mamata said.