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Blatantly Biased

I am aghast at the exaggerations and distortion of facts by Ishita Mukhopadhyay (EPW, 26 May 2012) in her critique of Mamata Banerjee for bringing “semi-fascism” to West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee may as well be described as whimsical, emotional and sometimes intolerant but to call her semi-fascist is patently wrong. Let us examine the ­issues discussed one by one.

The author says that there was no scam or corruption against the Left Front (LF). This is a false claim. There were innumerable scams such as in Rajarhat, distribution of land to industry and corruption by the family of the chief minister and other ministers, etc. No industry could function without dishing out handsome amounts to the party and party controlled organisations.

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