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Mamata terms ban undemocratic

Shiv Sahay Singh
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. File photo
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. File photo

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday urged the Mumbai Cricket Association to reconsider its “undemocratic” decision of slapping a 5-year ban on actor and Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan from entering the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

“Barring entry to a person to a place is not right. It is undemocratic,” said Ms. Banerjee, who nominated Mr. Khan as the brand ambassador of the State earlier this year.

“It is too severe a punishment for a small mistake. We feel it is a small incident,” she said at the State Secretariat. Ms. Banerjee said she was appealing to the MCA as a citizen of the country and “not from my portfolio.”

Mr. Khan was frequently being criticised in the country and harassed outside, “Like Sachin Tendulkar, he is the pride of the country,” she said.

Insisting that she does not want to interfere in other States' affairs, she said Mr. Khan's actions were an “emotional” response “maybe because his children [were involved].”

Calling it a “sensitive matter,” she said: “I do not know whether it will be proper for me to comment; I do not want to interfere in another State's business”.

She said the greatest asset of the country was that we “love one another”. “We all love Maharastra; it the country's financial capital.”

Claiming that certain political parties were excessively criticising a small incident, Ms. Banerjee warned them “not to play with fire”.

She maintained that the issue should not be looked at as a “conflict between two States.” “Winning and losing is a part of the game….Mumbai has won here [in Kolkata]. We have won in Mumbai.”

Mamta : “Winning and losing is a part of the game….Mumbai has won here
[in Kolkata]. We have won in Mumbai.”
Mamta thinks Kolkata Knight Riders is a Kolkata team. KKR is a cricket
team owned by Sharuk Khan, Juhi Chawla etc. It's not related Kolkata
apart from having a name. Likewise Mumbai Indians is not related with
Mumbai apart from the name it has. If a State's chief minister doesn't
have a clarity about this, how come a common man will possess the same!
Mamta should appoint someone for her to brush up the basics.

from:  Anand
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 14:44 IST

The alacrity with which she poked her nose in a comparatively trifle
matter like this should have been shown in atending to the Teesta issue
-which is continuing like a festering sore and over shich Dr. Sigh is
eager as most of us are to settle with Bangalsdesh in the interests of
both the ntions. TMC chief should prioritise her objectives properly

from:  s.subramanyan
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 15:21 IST

On one hand,Mamata does not know if it is proper for her to comment on the Wankhede
stadium fracass between her Brand ambassador,the great Khan and the staff of MCA,on
the other,she is giving her judgement siting arrange of reasons for the so called trivial I
ssue.What is her behaviour if not pure hypocrisy.

from:  Arvind Pradhan
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 10:57 IST

As per Mamta Bannerjee, banning an actor from entering a stadium because of misconduct is undemocratic. In West Bengal where Mamta Bannerjee is the CM, she has asked her party members to distance themselves from CPI(M) members to the extent of even not having any friendly or marital relationship with the other party. The state also ordered arrest of a professor for a sharing a cartoon. If banning Shah Rukh is undemocratic, what do we term the above happenings in West Bengal? Why is the CM not concerned about the complaints of rape in the state while being so concerned about Shah Rukh entering Wankhede? Why cannot the state even order a probe on the complaints to get a true picture rather than being dismissive of the complaints saying these are made only by CPI(M) members? There is no need to be defensive on such serious issues or being dismissive due to prejudice. The need of the hour is not partisan division and vote bank politics but introspection and development of the state.

from:  Madhu
Posted on: May 19, 2012 at 00:41 IST
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