Mamata-Governor Share Dais After War of Words

After the war of words over 'goondaism' in the state, West Bengal governor M K Narayanan and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today shared a dais amidst apparent bonhomie.

Banerjee and Narayanan shook hands on the dais at a programme commemorating the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda at the Salt Lake stadium here and were seen chatting together.

Narayanan's comment on "goondaism" while referring to political violence in the state drew sharp reaction from Panchayat Mminister Subrata Mukherjee who had reportedly retorted about showing the 'yellow card' to the Governor. Mukherjee subsequently denied having used the words 'yellow card'.

Meanwhile, the chief minister stirred a controversy by using her party slogan 'Maa Mati Manush' (mother, earth and humans) while conducting the oath-taking ceremony of youths present at the programme.

"Protecting Maa Mati Manush is our duty," Banerjee said.

The opposition Left Front slammed Banerjee for using her party slogan at a government programme.

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