Launching a scathing attack on the Trinamool Congress government here, rebel party MLA Shikha Mitra accused it of “vicious political inference” in the educational institutions of the State.
Her outburst comes a day after the University of Calcutta removed the MLA as chairperson of governing bodies of three colleges in the city.
“Anarchy is prevailing in the higher education sector,” she told journalists and blamed it on interference by the government.
The Trinamool Congress leadership had suspended Ms. Mitra, wife of Trinamool Congress MP Somen Mitra in December 2012. However, the MLA elected from Sealdah Assembly constituency in the city had refused to resign.
The MLA even targeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying, “It may be that we are unable to flatter the Chief Minister in the manner she wants us to.”
All these acts are aimed at ending the political prominence of Mr. Mitra which is not going to happen, she said, referring to the leadership ‘targeting’ her husband for ‘speaking out’ against it in recent times.
Alleging that her removal came after a meeting of a leader of the Trinamool Congress student wing and higher officials of University of Calcutta, Ms. Mitra described the decision as “immoral and undemocratic.”