Kolkata: Eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi has termed the Mamata Banerjee government’s decision to cancel the meeting organized by 21 organizations including the Committee for Protection of Democratic Rights (CPDR) at Metro Channel as ‘fascist’.

She said the people of West Bengal have lost their right to freedom of expression in the Trinamool government regime. The government move is totally undesirable and unsupportive.” The state government is trying to suppress the voice of people, she added.

The people have democratic rights to oppose the functioning of the government. The TMC itself came to power on the plank of opposition of the previous Left Front government.

She questioned if the people of state have elected a fascist government?

Commenting on the alleged dictatorship of the government, the social activist said, “If the CM has any respect for democratic values, she should immediately allow the CPDR and other organizations to hold their meeting.”

On being asked about the withdrawal of joint forces from Naxal-hit Junglemahal area of Purulia, West Midnapore and Bankura districts, Mahasweta said that she was firm on her stand.

“The TMC had promised to withdraw the Joint Forces in its election manifesto. The forces are torturing common people in the region. Neither Joint Forces nor Bhairavi Bahini is the solution of Naxalism. The problem can be solved only through holding talks,” added the noted writer.

JPN/Bureau