Kolkata: On Monday, Trinamool Congress leader Jyotipriyo Mullick got tongues wagging when he issued the bizzare diktat asking party workers to keep away from CPI-M cadres.
But now Mullick has clarified his stand, claiming he never called for a complete social boycott of Left workers.
Critics, however, say Mullick's missive could further polarise Bengal politics ahead of the Panchayat elections where the Trinamool Congress is in a bare knuckle fight with the Left.
The CPI-M, itself often accused of undue interference in the personal lives of its cadres, is crying foul.
CPI-M leader Mohammad Salim said, "You cannot compare CPI-M with the TMC. When Mamata came to power, she said no bodla, only bondol. What happened earlier were aberrations."
The intellectuals of Bengal were once with Mamata while ousting the Left. Now they see red in her actions. The question is - will Mamata Banerjee take lessons and break this cycle of a-controversy-a-day and give the people of Bengal what they had given a historic mandate for?