TMC chief whip Sudip Bandyopadhyay tells KUNAL MAJUMDER that Mamata Banerjee wants the Maoists in the mainstream
Why did you organise a rally with the Maoists? What is the message you want to send across?
Name me at least one or two Maoist leaders who were present in the rally? The Lalgarh rally was to show our support to the poor people who are fighting hunger, the tribal people who have no place to live, and had no schools, colleges, or hospitals during 34 years of Left Front rule. These areas are completely isolated from the mainstream. They are taking up arms, taking part in violence. Mamata thought that her presence would bring the tension down to a normal level.
Does the Trinamool Congress (TMC) consider itself so weak that it needs the Maoists to fight the Left?
Even without the help of the Maoists, we have secured 19 seats in Parliament. CPM has been reduced to nine seats in West Bengal. That election was 14 months ago, at that time the Maoist question did not arise.
Why is Mamata Banerjee contradicting Chidambaram on Azad’s death? Does she know something that he doesn’t?
Mamata Banerjee has grown as a political leader. She is on the verge of saving Bengal from Left misrule after 34 long years. Whatever comments she makes, she is the right person to explain them…by