No alternative to Mamata: Mahasweta Devi

Kolkata, April 11 (IANS) Condemning the treatment meted out to the West Bengal chief minister in Delhi, eminent writer and activist Mahasweta Devi Thursday said there was no alternative to Mamata Banerjee.

“As a chief minister, I do not see any alternative to her. Those who have been opposing her are increasingly getting isolated from the common man,” Mahasweta Devi told mediapersons here.

Praising Banerjee for her endeavour to fulfill the commitments made to the people, the Magsaysay awardee urged people to continue keeping faith on the chief minister.

“After assuming power, she has taken pro-people decisions most of the time… When needed, she has not spared her own party people,” she said.

Mahasweta Devi accused political parties of using students for their own interest.

“For the last 50 years I have seen political parties using students for their own interest.

“Of course students should have political sense and politics is a reality. The political head of the state should sit with the students union and try resolving the issue.”

The octogenarian also urged Banerjee to probe the death of SFI leader Sudipto Gupta.

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