Kolkata, July 21
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the Centre of “hatching conspiracies” to tug down the governments in opposition-ruled states by using federal companies and cash energy, and branded the BJP because the “most destructive” celebration.
The BJP, which leads the ruling coalition on the Centre, hit proper again, dismissing her allegation as “baseless” and asserting she shall be ousted from energy “democratically” after the meeting elections due subsequent yr.
Invoking Bengali subnationalism, Banerjee termed BJP an “outsider” in West Bengal and stated the state shouldn’t be dominated by “Gujarat and outsiders but by the people of the soil”.
Banerjee alleged the Centre has disadvantaged West Bengal of sources and asserted folks will give a befitting reply to it for the injustice.
“A conspiracy is being hatched by the union authorities to destabilise the elected authorities of Bengal by utilizing central companies and cash energy. BJP is probably the most harmful celebration the nation has ever seen.
“When the country is busy fighting the COVID pandemic, the BJP is busy destabilising the elected governments in Rajasthan and West Bengal after Madhya Pradesh,” she stated addressing her first digital rally to mark the ‘Martyrs’ Day’.
The TMC holds a ‘Martyrs’ Day’ rally on July 21 yearly to commemorate the demise of 13 folks in police firing throughout a protest led by Banerjee in opposition to the then Left Front authorities in 1993.
“Why ought to Gujarat rule all states? We received’t tolerate this rule of two brothers (Narendra Modi and Amit Shah).
What’s the necessity for a federal construction? Create a ‘one nation-one party’ system then,” she stated, attacking the Centre over the political turmoil in Rajasthan whereas referring to the Gujarati origin of the prime minister and the house minister.
Warning the BJP in opposition to dislodging her authorities via “dubious” means, she asserted, “They ought to all the time keep in mind that an injured tigress is extra harmful than the lifeless.
“We don’t need to nor are we interested in destabilising the state government. This government will be voted out of power democratically. The people of this state are fed up with TMC’s goondaism and corruption,” state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh advised reporters after Banerjee’s tackle.
Reacting to Banerjee’s assertion that the TMC will maintain its largest ever rally in Kolkata in 2021 to look at the Martyr’s Day, Ghosh stated she ought to cease “daydreaming”.
“Next year she will be out of power. This year the coronavirus pandemic acted as a face-saver for her. Had the rally been held in normal circumstances you would have seen vacant galleries. This year’s digital rally was her farewell rally,” Ghosh asserted.
In her speech, Banerjee alleged a “reign of fear” is prevailing throughout the nation.
The feisty TMC boss requested folks to vote her celebration to energy within the meeting elections due subsequent yr and promised to take West Bengal to new heights.
“People of Bengal will rule the state and not outsiders and people from Gujarat. We should strive to ensure that security deposits of all the BJP candidates get forfeited,” she stated, invoking Bengali delight.
Accusing the central authorities of “maligning, insulting and depriving” the folks of West Bengal, she stated, earlier than pointing fingers at her state the Centre ought to discuss in regards to the “jungle raj and encounter raj” in Uttar Pradesh.
“Centre is conspiring against Bengal, saying every day there is violence and lawlessness. What about UP where jungle raj prevails. People there are afraid of even lodging a police complaint. Several police officers were killed in a single incident. The main culprit was killed in a so-called encounter to hide the truth,” she stated.
Indicating that the controversial National Population Register (NPR) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) shall be among the many TMC’s main electoral planks within the meeting polls, Banerjee stated the folks of West Bengal haven’t forgotten “how innocent people were killed during the Delhi riots and genuine citizens thrown into detention camps in Assam”.
Banerjee alleged the NPR and NRC had been instruments to create a rift between communities.
“What citizenship is the BJP talking about? The refugees (from Bangladesh) have already got citizenship,” she stated.
“An try is being made to fire up communal disharmony. A celebration is attempting to incite Hindu-Muslim riots.
Remember that individuals of all faiths are equal. This nation….
Bengal…is for all,” Banerjee stated.
She appealed to TMC leaders “not to get lured by dirty tricks of BJP”.
We have fought many battles collectively for the final three a long time. We ousted the mighty CPI(M). We will struggle out the BJP too. If they (BJP) name, attempt to lure you with cash or threaten and intimidate you, please cling up the telephone. Do not discuss to them,” she stated.
Many TMC employees and leaders, together with some MLAs, have shifted their lolalty to the BJP within the current months.
She additionally cautioned intellectuals of West Bengal in opposition to “falling into the BJP trap”.
Banerjee additionally appealed to anti-BJP leaders throughout the CPI(M) and the Congress to affix her struggle in opposition to the BJP.
Meanwhile, Abdul Mannan, Leader of the Opposition within the state meeting, termed the TMC because the “biggest ally” of the BJP in West Bengal.
“The way the TMC engineered defections in the Congress and CPI(M) in the last few years, it will also get a dose of its own medicine. It was Mamata Banerjee who helped BJP grow in Bengal at the cost of the Congress and the Left,” the senior Congress chief stated. — PTI