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Mamata hospitalised, public erupts in protest

Mamata hospitalised, public erupts in protest
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was admitted to a private clinic in Kolkata on Wednesday with complaints of pain, breathing problem and palpitation and advised rest, shortly after returning from Delhi.

The chief minister was driven straight to the Belle Vue Clinic from the airport and was admitted at 4.35 pm and was being examined by a medical team, clinic sources said. The decision to admit her was taken after the chief minister complained of pain on both shoulder joints, neck, back mainly over left lumbosacral region and left knee joints, the sources said.

‘She also complained of a breathing problem and palpitation. She has low blood pressure and low pulse rate,’ they said. They said the chief minister needed rest and analgesics and close monitoring. Banerjee was examined by doctors at AIIMS in Delhi who advised her to get admitted for observation, the sources said.

The Trinamool Congress called for a state-wide bandh in West Bengal on Wednesday to protest against the incident. Sit-in demonstrations were held in various parts of Kolkata, including outside the CPM party headquarters at Alimuddin Street. Throughout the day, people joined in protest rallies.

Interestingly, while Left leaders from West Bengal like Biman Bose, Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Suryakanta Mishra condemned the attack on Banerjee and Mitra, the national leadership of the CPM, including Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury, remained conspicuous in their silence. This has raised eyebrows in political circles and even in the rank and file of the CPM.
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