Mamata admitted to hospital; Delhi cops say CM ignored their advice

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 10, 2013 15:58 hrs
Delhi is unsafe: Mamata Banerjee

New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was on Wednesday admitted to a premier private clinic here 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 lumbo sacral 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 yesterday by doctors at AIIMS in Delhi who advised her to get admitted for observation, the sources said.

The condition of Banerjee was being monitored by a medical team, including orthopaedician S Das, and a plan for further investigation was chalked out.

Earlier in the day, the chief minister cancelled a meeting with Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram in Delhi hand returned here.

SFI members had blocked the chief minister's passage in the Planning Commission in Delhi yesterday and manhandled Finance Minister Amit Mitra while they were going to attend a meeting.

The chief minister subsequently fell ill and was administered oxygen while Mitra was put under observation at AIIMS.

Controversy over Mamata's entry route; ignored advice, says police

A controversy broke out today over whether or not Mamata , who was gheraoed by Left activists yesterday, ignored an advice to enter the Planning Commission building through the VIP gate.

The Delhi Police conveyed to the Union Home Ministry that Banerjee ignored the advice to enter the Commission premises in the heart of the Capital through the VIP gate and instead came though a main gate where she was gheraoed and her Finance Minister Amit Mitra heckled by the activists of CPI-M and SFI.

The Chief Minister while criticising the Delhi Police for not being able to prevent the incident, however, dismissed reports she was asked by the police to enter through another gate and avoid the one where an angry demonstration was being held.

When asked about these reports, the fiery Trinamool Congress supremo said, "Not at all. Do you think I am a beggar? I never bow down my head. I consider myself as an LIP (Less Important Person) than a VIP."

In its report, the Delhi Police said that on learning about the protests, the Planning Commission officials requested the West Bengal government officials to advice Banerjee to enter the building only through the VIP gate which has been secured as the protesters had gathered in front of the main gate.

However, ignoring the advice, the Chief Minister got down from the car and walked down towards the gate to enter the building, the report said.

Upon seeing the Chief Minister, the CISF personnel, who are tasked with protecting government buildings, unlocked the main gate and allowed her entry inside. The gate was quickly locked again, the report said.

However, Mitra, who was following Banerjee, was gheraoed by the protesters who manhandled him and tore his shirt before he could reach the gate.

The security men immediately threw a ring around Mitra, escorted him inside the building after again unlocking the gate, the report said.

Mitra a "pre-meditated" assault: Governor

West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan today joined the chorus of condemnation of gheraoing of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Finance Miniser Amit Mitra, calling it a "pre-meditated assault" and unprecedented that warranted an apology by the CPI-M politburo.

The CPI-M rejected the charge by the Governor that the incident in which Banerjee was gheraoed and Mitra heckled was pre-meditated and ruled out an apology.

Narayanan also described the incident as "a blot" on the country's cherished democratic values.

In a strong statement issued here, the Governor said, "The shocking pre-meditated assault on the chief minister, the finance minister and other senior ministers of West Bengal in the National capital is an extremely unfortunate incident and a blot on India's cherished democratic values."

The Governor said the incident deserved to be condemned in the strongest terms and that those responsible for the attack and their instigators have forfeited their right to function within a democratic framework.

"This kind of attack on a democratically-elected chief minister, the finance minister and their cabinet colleagues is unprecedented in India's modern history and is serious enough to warrant a public apology by the politburo of the CPI(Marxist)," he said.

CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose, who is the Left Front chairman, in his response said, "I don't know why he(Governor) is saying that the incident is premeditated. He has been a seasoned IPS officer."

Bose also claimed that the Governor was unaware of the functioning of the CPI(M) politburo.

"He is not aware of the politburo that's why he is saying such things," he told reporters. Bose also noted that the Left Front has condemned the attack on Mitra.

A state minister who was present along with Banerjee and Mitra during the attack alleged it was a ploy to kill the chief minister.

"It was a ploy to kill Banerjee. Had Firhad Hakim not prevented a SFI supporter from attacking her with an iron rod she would have received fatal injuries," Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee said.

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