Mamata made these startling allegations in an interview with the US daily, Washington Post where she said, “The CPM is plotting with the Maoists to kill her, in league with the ISI and financed by North Korea, Venezuela and Hungary.”
She added, “They have given me the death sentence, and every day they are spreading this superimposed photo on Facebook, on Internet or the e-mail through some false, camouflaged name."
In this interview that would have ideally evoked sympathy for Mamata, a popular Washington Post columnist, Simon Denyer, chose to be critical of the West Bengal CMs governance, when he wrote in his column that Mamata was the biggest obstacle to liberalisation in India. The article said, “She spent her life fighting Communists but is the biggest obstacle to economic liberalisation in India today. She is the leader of a small regional party but wields more power than the Prime Minister.”
The Washington Post described Mamata as the only woman politician who has risen to political power in South Asia "without being the widow, orphaned daughter or former girlfriend of an established leader".
Denyer, in his article also said, “The 57-year-old West Bengal leader, who is determined, resolutely populist and hardworking, yet eccentric and intolerant of dissent, holds the balance of power in India's coalition government and has used that political might to huge effect. Time after time, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's efforts to introduce economic reforms have foundered because of Banerjee's opposition."
He also stresses about Mamata’s pro-poor policies and praised her eagerness to topple a political establishment. He also laid bare the Left rule in Bengal that saw militant trade unions became so powerful that they virtually ran factories in a state where 91 million people live. The article stated how Mamata’s policies have led to disenchantment among middle class Bengalis who hailed her victory a year ago.