Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has decided to visit Jharkhand to take part in a movement against forceful acquisition of land from tribals by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Jharkhand government.
Banerjee said on Friday: “Around 1500 acres of land were forcefully acquired from tribals in Jharkhand and given to someone as it had happened in Singur.”
“They sought our support to build protest against such forceful acquisition of land and a team comprising the state Agriculture Minister Purnendu Basu and MLAs including Srikanto Mahato and Sadhyarani Tudu will go to Jharkhand to speak to the land losers. They will file a report after visiting the place and then I will visit the place,” the Chief Minister added.
She further said: “I would visit all the BJP-led states (to raise voice against the on-going dictatorship going on in the country).”
On a lighter mood, she said that they have also threatened to beat her up if she goes to Delhi.
According to political analysts, during her Jharkhand visit, Banerjee will launch a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi by highlighting his ‘dictatorial attitude’ of running the government before the
people of the state where BJP has stronghold, besides speaking for the tribals to help them get their land back.
Banerjee’s fight – that helped the farmers of Singur get back their land – has become an “historic win” over the forceful acquisition of land. Thus, the land losers from Jharkhand want her to be the face of the fight against “forceful acquisition of land”.
It may be mentioned that Banerjee had already given a call for demonstration against the use of
different agencies by the Centre for political purpose that had resulted to the arrest of MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay and MP Tapas Paul.
There will be demonstration in the state on January 9, 10 and 11. The MLAs will be agitating
outside Reserve Bank of India in Kolkata.
The protest rallies in other states would also take place at the same time. As discussed, senior Trinamool Congress leader Subrata Bakshi would lead the protest rally in Bhubaneswar.
Secretary General of the party, Partha Chatterjee along with Bakshi would go to Bhubaneswar to meet MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay.
Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy will take charge of the protest march in Punjab and Moloy Ghatak, the state labour minister, will be going to Dhanbad to organise protest rallies on January 10 and 11.