Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday paid a formal visit to veteran Forward Bloc leader Ashok Bhattacharya extended her greeting.
Holding the hands of a visibly emotional Bhattacharya, Mamata showered praises on the nonagenarian saying that he is man ideal politician and commands respect for his contribution to the state.
Interestingly Mamata confessed that she too is an admirer of Leftist ideology and she has many a friends among the left circle. Interestingly years ago then youth congress leader Mamata Banerjee was dragged by her hair on the instructions of CM Jyoti Basu.
Although Mamata said the visit is formal in nature, political experts said this might be her calculated move to drive wedge between Yechury group and Gautam Dev group in the communist party.