Criminals have no place in Bengal: CM
Bajkul (East Midnapore): BJP has connived with CPI(M) and Congress to create trouble in Bengal with the help of Left-backed goons, alleged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She was addressing a gathering here on Wednesday afternoon.
She said through a series of movements, Trinamool Congress was successful in putting an end to the misrule of CPI(M). But the goons who used to receive patronage of the party are now working for BJP. She warned them that they will be thrown out just like CPI(M), as "criminals have no place in Bengal."
"The CPI(M) harmads have joined BJP to become ustads. They will be thrown out as criminals have no role to play here in Bengal," the Chief Minister said.
"How can the people of Midnapore forget the days of red terror unleashed by CPI(M) in Nandigram and other places? Many people had been killed and their bodies thrown into Haldi river. Fourteen people are still missing," she said, adding: "I was not allowed to enter Nandigram as CPI(M) goons had put up blockades. I travelled on a motorcycle and finally reached the trouble-torn areas."
Banerjee said BJP has ruined the country "economically and socially." The country is yet to come out from the trauma of note ban. People lost their jobs and small traders were badly hit. Referring to the recent incident in Bulandshahr, she said a police officer who had been investigating an important case, has been killed.
"By spreading hate politics, BJP is trying to destroy the social milieu. They have driven people out of Gujarat. In Assam, names of 40 lakh people have been kept out of the National Register of Citizens, of which 23 lakh are Hindus. Their only business is to incite Hindus against the Muslims, Christians against the Sikhs and thus destroy our social fabric. After ruining the country, they have now connived with CPI(M) and Bengal Congress to create trouble here," she said and urged people not to get swayed by the rumours and canards spread by BJP.
She urged people to ask BJP "why 12,000 farmers have committed suicide in their states and why they are inciting one community against the other."
The Chief Minister said that in the past seven years, massive development has taken place in East Midnapore. Digha is coming up as a major tourist spot and in a few years, it will attract more tourists than Goa. Roads have been built and infrastructure improved there.
She regretted that the Centre is yet to clear the Ghatal Master Plan meant to control floods. A drinking water supply project at an estimated cost of Rs 2,300 crore has been taken up and superspecialty hospitals have come up in the district.
"Midnapore has produced some of the finest human beings. The state government has set up a committee and the bicentenary of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar will be observed in a befitting manner," she said, urging students to study well and uphold the legacy of the district.