Mamata takes potshots at BJP’s ‘muscle power’

A political party is bringing arms, bombs and goons to capture villages, my govt will not allow Birbhum to be turned into another Singur, fumes Bengal CM

Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday without naming BJP said that her government would not tolerate a situation like Nandigram and Singur, where the CPI(M) had allegedly captured villages to prevent the Trinamool Congress to establish its base.

Speaking to the media persons after her administrative meeting with the Birbhum district authorities she said “a political party is bringing arms, bombs and goons from outside, to capture villages in Birbhum district. My government will not tolerate this and we will not allow turning Birbhum into another Singur and Nandigram. I want peace should restore in the district,” She said.

A number of clashes ensued between the supporters of the BJP and Trinamool Congress in Birbhum district where the saffon party has strengthened its organization in the recent months. BJP leadership has alleged that many of their supporters were killed and injured due to the alleged attack by the Trinamool Congress supporters. When the media persons asked her about the arrest of  Hitunnesh Bibi who is a relative of a BJP activist and accused the police for torturing her, the chief minister had taken the side of the police and said “law will take its own course. Definitely she had done something otherwise why she was arrested by the police.”  Hitunnesh Bibi has been remanded in judicial custody till July 17 along with five others after they were arrested for allegedly blocking a highway and attacking the police with bombs on last Saturday.

Hardly a couple of months back, the woman had identified a police officer and constables who had allegedly tortured her during a police raid in search of her wanted BJP relative. On Saturday, the villagers of Sattor had alleged that bombs and other ammunition were kept in a Trinamool Congress party office. The villagers alleged that despite repeated request, the police did not break into the party office and recovered the bombs. The villagers then in presence of media persons broke the door and “recovered” bombs kept in plastic container and bags. The villagers then blocked Suri-Bolpur road to protest ‘’police inaction.’’ The police arrested six persons, including Hitinnesha Bibi and her husband on Saturday, for allegedly putting up the road blockade and attacking the police with bombs.

When she was asked about the inaction of the police to recover bombs from different areas of the district, she said “I am directing the director general of police to take appropriate steps in this regard.” However, CPI(M) leader and former city mayor Bikash Bhattacharjee alleged that Mamata Banerjee admitted that she had created the situation in both Singur and Nandigram. CPI(M) leader Shyamal Chakraborty alleged that Trinamool Congress supporters have been capturing villages in the state. “The state is run by the directives of the chief minister and not by the law,” he alleged.

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Our workforce will defeat TMC: Shah 

Kolkata: Expressing happiness over the growing BJP membership in West Bengal, party chief Amit Shah on Tuesday asserted that this “workforce” would defeat the Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress in the state. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief said this was not “a demonic force” like the Trinamool but “a nationalist force that would contribute towards nation-building”, Singh said.

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Ambar Mukherjee

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