Mamata Banerjee cancels Cambridge trip

Kolkata, Oct 9 (Calcutta Tube/IBNS): Disappointing those looking for a face-off between her and political rival Prakash Karat, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has cancelled her visit to Cambridge later this month.

The Railway Minister and CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat were both invited to deliver political lectures at the celebrated institution.

Banerjee’s decision, taken on Friday, came following clashes between her party supporters and those of the CPI(M) at the South 24 Parganas district where she addressed a public rally.

According to her party, the minister cancelled her trip since she feels it was her “moral duty” to remain by the side of the victims of “unabated violence by the CPI(M)” who being “desperate to hold on to power, will continue violence before and after Durga Puja”.

With the 2011 state elections drawing closer, hen-fights between the two parties continue to escalate with both the CPI(M)-led Left Front and the main Opposition Trinamool Congress blaming each other for lawlessness in the state.

Invited by the UK government, the Trinamool leader was to speak on Oct 25 following a speech by Karat on Oct 22 on the continuing relevance of the Left movement in India.

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