Kolkata, Sep 18: CPI-M’s West Bengal lawmaker and former minister Abdur Rezzak Mollah Tuesday saluted Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee for taking the “bold decision” of withdrawing support to the “anti-people” UPA government.
“I offer her ‘blue salute’ (Banerjee’s favourite colour) to Mamata Banerjee for her bold decision of withdrawing support from the anti-people UPA government,” Mollah told IANS.
Offering the “red salute” to comrades is a custom of Left activists and supporters.
Banerjee, also the West Bengal chief minister, Tuesday withdrew her party’s support to the UPA government, but both she and the Congress indicated a last minute compromise may still be possible.
Mollah’s comment is completely opposite to that of Communist Party of India-Marxist’s (CPI-M) central committee member Mohammed Salim, who mocked Banerjee’s decision to pull out from the government by saying that she still kept a window open till Friday for “reconsidering” her decision.
Banerjee announced the unexpected decision after a three-hour meeting of party leaders in Kolkata, four days after the central government unleashed a wave of reforms aimed at kickstarting a stagnant economy.