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Arrest me: Mamata challenges Centre

Marching from College Square to Dorina Crossing, Esplanade, the rally saw celebrities rubbing shoulders with Trinamool leaders as well as party workers. The protest march was held against the ostensible ‘conspiracy’ of the Centre to defame the party and also against the attitude of ‘political vendetta’ against Trinamool.

‘The BJP won because there was no alternative. Other parties are afraid that is why they are silent. I dare the Centre to arrest me. This is the place where I went on hunger strike for 26 days. Here I organised dharna for 21 days for human rights’, said a visibly angered Chief Minister, referring to her agitation to protect farmer rights before the 2011 Assembly polls.

Banerjee is also reacting to the arrest by the CBI of her party MP Srinjoy Bose in connection with the Saradha scam. ‘Why has the Centre not given a nod to our chit fund law yet? Were BJP leaders sleeping when chit funds were set up in Bengal? Why have they failed to bring back black money? Why are they targeting us?’, asked Banerjee, who recently attended a summit on Jawaharlal Nehru organised by the Congress party in New Delhi.

‘We want every penny of black money back. We want account of all the expenses of the PM’s trips. Why did SBI give away Rs 5000 crore to a private company? Isn’t this Hawala?’, she asked the teeming lakhs, referring to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge to bring back black money to India.

Banerjee did pick holes in Modi’s political career as well ‘We do not require certificates from people whose hands are stained with blood of riots. Danga Gurus have become Dharma Gurus these days. All my life I have fought for the people on the streets and I will continue to do so’, she pointed out.
Banerjee also hinted at a nationwide protest against the BJP Government. ‘We will take people from Bengal to Delhi to protest against Centre’s anti-people policies. The Centre does not care for the people. They only care about riots. True leaders do not allow divisive politics. I know political courtesies. I have always visited Atal ji, Jyoti babu. Those in power today do not deserve it’, she rued.

Also, there was call for concerted  public protests. ‘Let there be apolitical protests by intellectuals, sportspersons, actors, writers and thinkers. Bengal protested during Vietnam War. Bengal hit the streets in solidarity when East Bengal was fighting Muktijuddha’, she reminded her audience.
Banerjee also drew attention to her state Government’s achievements.’Bengal is No. 1 in 100 Days Work Scheme. What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow.  Peace prevails in Darjeeling.

Peace prevails in Jangalmahal. Are they jealous because peace prevails in Bengal. Infiltration is under Centre’s jurisdiction’, Banerjee pointed out.

Reacting to the NIA investigation by the Centre in the recent Burdwan blast case, the Chief Minister clarified her stand. ‘Terrorists have no religion. We arrested the kingpin of the chit fund scam.  We arrested the terrorist associated with Burdwan blast.Border areas are under BSF, SSB and other central agencies. We will give a fitting reply to the BJP politically. The tricks of danga gurus will not work on the pure soil of Bengal’, she said.
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