Mamata takes ”pity” on Buddhadeb

Kolkata, May 31: Taking a dig at former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for criticising her new government which took office just 10 days back, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said she took pity on him for becoming ‘restless’ so soon. ”We are in the government for just 10 days and you have become restless so early? I take pity on you. Let me forgive you,” Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat hours after Bhattacharjee publicly slammed the government at a Left front rally. Commerce and industry minister Partha Chatterjee also flayed Bhattacharjee and other left front leaders for speaking ‘untruths’ at the rally. ”It is surprising that when the Mamata Banerjee government is working on a war footing for the benefit of the masses, the Left Front leaders, including Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, had delivered untruths at a meeting in the city,” Chatterjee told reporters. Chatterjee said that the Front leaders would not benefit ‘by only shouting and spreading tension’ at a time when the new government was busy in the reconstruction process of the state. The minister alleged the Front leaders were unable to ‘digest frustration and ignominy of the defeat’. ”Our chief minister Mamata Banerjee is busy with the reconstruction of Bengal which suffered immense damage during 34 years of rule by Left Front,” he said alleging that for long 34 years, the CPI(M)-led Left Front had turned Bengal into a ‘killing field’.