“The CPM has lost its moral right to continue in power after being routed in the Lok Sabha elections. People have no faith in this government. The Assembly polls should be advanced taking into account the people’s mandate. I shall talk to others in Delhi to get their opinion on bringing the Assembly polls forward,” she told STAR Ananda Tv channel tonight.
When she goes to Delhi, Mamata said, she will produce evidence to prove the “corruption and inefficiency” of the LF government to convince the Congress to bring the state elections forward. “We know we should strike the iron when it is hot.”
Kolkata Tamil's mixed feelings on Prabhakaran death
Kolkata, 18 May : Relief and frank disbelief - as news came in that Tamil Tigers chief Velupillai Prabhakaran had actually been killed, some Tamil community in Kolkata said it was long in coming and others simply refused to believe it was true.
"If the news is true, the last hope of Tamils in Sri Lanka who once ruled that island nation, long before the Sinhalese, is lost forever. Whatever may have been his shortcomings, he will always be hero to us," Kumaran Sanmugathasan, a business executive told Bengal Newz.
Added a Tamil student from Garia : "Knowing Thambi (brother), the news is probably untrue as there are little chances of his being killed by the enemy. However, if the story is true... he has become a martyr. But Prabhakaran's death is not the end of Tamil Eelam. Tamils want autonomy in Sri Lanka. His death will only make the request to be stronger. The death will only make it more enduring for Tamils to want our freedom more in Sri Lanka. " While his mother, a homemaker R. Vasantha told Bengal Newz, "Terrorism has no space in a civil society. Whether it is Prabhakaran or Veerappan, both have to be eliminated."
The decades long conflict for a separate Tamil homeland left nearly 90,000 people dead in the island nation. န Photo : AFP
Kolkata, 18 May : Amid speculation about his offering to resign, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Monday met Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) patriarch Jyoti Basu but refused to speak to the media.
The chief minister went to the state secretariat, Writers' Buildings in the morning and came out of it in the evening only, and left for Basu's house in the Salt Lake. He did not speak to media persons despite repeated questions.
Speculation is rife that Bhattacharjee offered to resign after the dismal performance of the party in the Lok Sabha elections, though Left Front chairman Biman Bose earlier Monday ruled out the possibility, terming it "gossip".
Politicians,Media find Indian poll verdict encouraging
Dhaka, 18 May : The government, the opposition and the media of Bangladesh have reacted positively to the poll verdict in India with a leading newspaper calling it "encouraging news" for the South Asian region.
The Daily Star newspaper took note of the rout of "communalistic" Bharatiya Janata Party and of the Left parties, particularly in West Bengal with which Bangladesh shares a long border. In power in West Bengal for over three decades, the Left Front suffered from "incumbency fatigue", the newspaper said in an editorial Monday.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia both called up Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the weekend to congratulate him. Hasina, who scored a stunning victory in last December's election, congratulated Singh on his Congress party's "emphatic victory". She said the people of Bangladesh "always recall with gratitude the assistance and support of India and its people during Bangladesh's Liberation War".
Bengali daily 'Prathom Alo' said: "For India's neighbours, especially for Bangladesh, the triumph of the Congress is surely encouraging news. With traditionally secular parties like the Awami League and the Pakistan Peoples Party in power in Dhaka and Islamabad (respectively), and now the Congress back for a second consecutive stint in office in Delhi, democracy and diplomacy should be getting a boost."
Bangladesh Today newspaper in an editorial said the poll outcome had "proved India's unshakable commitment to democracy and secularism". "By rejecting the Hindu fundamentalist BJP for the second consecutive time through ballot the Indian voters have sent an unmistakable message to all that it still stands by its basic principles and values."
Over 30 houses were set on fire in Solbagha village under Jaipur police station in Howrah district last evening, policemen were attacked in East Midnapore while nine persons were injured in Trinamool Congress-CPI(M) clash in Birbhum district of the state which saw the Trinamool and Congress alliance sweep the Lok Sabha polls.
At least 15 Trinamool Congress activists were injured when police lathi-charged them after they damaged police vehicles and an outpost in Khejuri area near Nandigram. While eight persons were injured when rival political parties clashed with arms at Margram in Rampurhat sub-division, one person suffered splinter injuries when bombs were hurled during a clash at Nanoor.