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Party time for democracy

BJP flags can be spotted in places that were considered to be bastions of, first, the Left, and then Trinamul

By The Telegraph

  • Published 14.05.19, 7:34 PM
  • Updated 14.05.19, 7:34 PM
The sight of rival parties' flags fluttering in the hot breeze is a sign that democracy is in the pink of health in Bengal, says chief minister Mamata Banerjee
The sight of rival parties' flags fluttering in the hot breeze is a sign that democracy is in the pink of health in Bengal, says chief minister Mamata Banerjee Telegraph file picture

Sir — The lotus, the Bharatiya Janata Party insists, will bloom in several corners of Bengal after May 23. Indeed, BJP flags can be spotted in places that were considered to be impregnable fortresses of, first, the Left, and then the Trinamul Congress. But Didi and her party may have a different explanation for the phenomenon. The sight of the flags of rival parties fluttering in the hot breeze is a sign of democracy being in the pink of health in Bengal.

Barun Batyabal,
Calcutta

Great hazard

Sir — Travelling by bus in Calcutta has turned into a hazard, as a recent tragic incident involving a mother of two showed (“Mother of two falls off bus, dies”, May 1). The woman slipped and fell on the road face down while she was alighting from a minibus. The steepness of the steps in buses contribute greatly to poor balance and injury, particularly for old and infirm people. Buses with such grave defects should not be allowed to ply. This is a serious flaw in our public transportation system, and is unheard of in the developed countries of Europe and in the United States of America.

S.K. Som,
Calcutta

Sir — It was appalling to read about the young mother who lost her life after slipping while getting off a bus. Her children were still inside the vehicle when the mishap occurred. This incident should act as an eye-opener for those who operate public bus services. Often, these buses allow hardly enough time for passengers to alight safely.

As a regular commuter, I have faced similar problems. Once I almost had a potentially fatal fall on account of the impatience of the bus driver. Speeding drivers care little about the lives of the people they ferry. They should be more cautious. Unfortunately, they are adept at violating traffic rules. The lack of maintenance and overuse also make the stairs of buses slippery. These shortcomings of public bus services should be taken note of immediately.

Ankita Bakshi,

Calcutta

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Purna Dutta,
Calcutta

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