23 September, 2020

Bullets Without Bias

The Left is the usual suspect, but an ‘Outlook’ team discovers Trinamul cadres are no saints

Bullets Without Bias

THAT Mamata Banerjee has rattled the Left Front government in West Bengal is now well established. Her relentless campaign for President’s rule in the state and reports of violence in the districts have further blotched the already tarnished image of the Jyoti Basu government. But if a section of the media has been portraying Basu and Co as the sole villains in the violence since January this year that has left 71 dead (official figures) and left hundreds injured, Outlook’s tour of some of the districts throws up a scenario where the blame cannot be fixed onto any one party - the CPI(M) or the Trinamul. If the Left is guilty, Mamata and her cadres have been no saints either.

Mamata’s tough posturing has put the Left Front on the backfoot. And though neither Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee nor the Union home minister favour President’s rule, the missives from the Centre on the law and order situation have forced the CPI(M)-led government to take steps to contain the violence. It has also led to the Left Front rallying round...



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