'Will oppose muscle-flexing against people'
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed the police on Thursday to take stringent action against the trouble mongers in North 24-Parganas, while addressing a rally at Naihati.
Banerjee had gone to support those who had been thrown out of their homes by BJP supporters across vast areas of North 24-Parganas that include Bhatpara, Kankinara, Halisahar, Naihati and Jagaddal.
She said it is a shame that 400 Bengali families have been driven out of their homes. "I do not make any difference between the Bengalis and non-Bengalis and Hindus and Muslims. This has never been Bengal's culture. They are dividing the society which I am not going to tolerate," she said.
Without naming Narendra Modi she said: "You have not yet been sworn in as the Prime Minister and before that BJP has started flexing muscles in the area. I will cooperate if it is in favour of the country but I will continue to oppose if it is against the people."
She said BJP's attempt to declare President's Rule in Bengal by creating trouble in different parts of the state will be dealt with seriously. "Don't try to play that nasty political game in Bengal," she maintained.
Condemning the police for its failure to control trouble, the Chief Minister said: "Till the promulgation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), police was under the control of Election Commission. But now it has again come under the state government and I will not tolerate any disturbance in the area. Seize all illegal arms and bombs at the earliest," she said.
Without naming Mukul Roy and Arjun Singh, Banerjee said: "the two traitors, one big and another small are creating trouble in the area. I have been told that BJP workers had pulled some women by their hands. This is shameful."
Banerjee said she decided to come to the area after some people who had been thrown out of their homes went to Nabanna and narrated their plight to Firhad Hakim and Jyotipriya Mallick. She has asked Mallick to give a list of those whose houses and shops have been damaged within three days, so that financial assistance can be provided to them under provisions of the law.
She also called for setting up a 'Jai Hind Bahini' for youths and 'Banga Janani Committee' in every block, to counter RSS. She said another meeting will be held in the area on June 14. "I will keep coming to Bijpur, Kankinara, Kanchrapara and Jagaddal until peace is restored," she added.
She said when Trinamool Congress had come to power in 2011, she had asked party workers to maintain their cool and not to attack CPI(M) supporters. "The harmads (antisocials) of CPI(M) have now become jallads (hangmen) of BJP to destroy peace in Bengal. I will foil this attempt," she added.