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Bengal won’t implement ‘black’ amendments: CM

She said that her government will not implement the proposed amendments in the Land Acquisition Act being brought about by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. The Trinamool Congress supremo urged people to burn the “black ordinance” that was approved by the Modi cabinet to amend the Land Acquisition Act in order to remove “procedural difficulties” in acquiring land for national projects.

“The Centre is amending the Land Acquisition Act which will allow them to snatch away your land at gun point. So long as I am alive I will never allow any forcible acquisition of land. They will have to acquire land only on my dead body,” said Banerjee, addressing a public meeting in Kharagpur.  

Banerjee, who fought for distraught farmers from Singur protesting against forcible land acquisition that eventually catapulted her to power in West Bengal in 2011, asked her party workers to hit the streets and protest against the Ordinance. “Our leader also asked us to protest against the discriminatory politics ushered in by the CBI. She herself will motivate the party workers in each and every district from now on,” Trinamool MP Sisir Adhikari from Kanthi told Millennium Post.

Mamata also batted for her party state general secretary Shankudeb Panda, who was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with the Saradha scam.  “Panda was merely a salaried employee, but he is being targeted only because he is from the Trinamool. Whoever is trying to stand up, is either put behind bars or being shown the CBI or the ED,” said Banerjee.  The CBI, while probing the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, has nabbed Trinamool leaders including Rajya Sabha members Kunal Ghosh, Srinjoy Bose and state transport minister Madan Mitra.

Banerjee also targeted the BJP’s national secretary SN Singh who has been claiming that after her party leaders it was time for the chief minister to run from the CBI. “Their leaders come here and say ‘bhag Mamata bhag’ (run Mamata run). These shameless people have no manners. They say Mamata will have to be arrested. Is it that easy?” she asked.


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