Jangalmahal has become a national model: Mamata
The “success story” of restoration of peace in Jangalmahal, erstwhile Maoist hotbed, has become a ‘model’ in the entire country, according to the Chief Minister of the eastern Indian state West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee.
“It is a success story. What has not happened in any other part of the country, happened in West Bengal. Peace has returned to Jangalmahal,” Banerjee said.
She was speaking at a programme here in Jhargram in West Midnapore district which is one of the three districts making up Jangalmahal, the other two being Bankura and Purulia.
“I thank the people of Jangalmahal for their support in bringing peace,” she said.
Banerjee distributed prizes to the winners of the Jangalmahal Cup football tournament and kabaddi competition winners.
She announced that six hundred police stations in the state would be given a grant of Rs 1 lakh each for development of sports.
She also inaugurated the first edition of the three-day “Jangalmahal Utsab” (Festival) here.
Banerjee claimed that the state government unleashed a tide of development.
Claiming that hundreds of people were killed every year (during the former Left Front regime), she said, “Now there is no death. People want development and peace and not violence.”
BJP leader apologises for using foul language against Bengal CM
A BJP leader on Monday apologised after he was issued a showcause notice by the party for using ‘unparliamentary language’ against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. At a meeting in Purulia’s Jhalda, BJP district in-charge Shyamapada Mondal had on Sunday said unparliamentary words against the chief minister. State BJP president Rahul Sinha said they had issued a showcause notice to Mondal after which he had apologised. “It is unfortunate and it should not have happened. We should not give reply to anyone’s misdeeds by using filthy words. He has been warned of never repeating it,” Sinha said. Sinha said that at a personal level he was apologetic to all women folk and also to the chief minister.