Mamata denounces violence as tool of political fight
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday decried the tendency to use violence as a tool of political fight, saying anti-socials were being mobilised to tackle political challenge thrown by Trinamool Congress (TMC), after failure to do it politically.
The CM’s observation came after BJP state president Rahul Sinha on Wednesday acknowledged that “recurrence of violence in <g data-gr-id="19">Parui</g> and <g data-gr-id="20">Sattore</g> in Birbhum district and several other parts has forced our workers to take up arms in <g data-gr-id="16">self defence</g> to retaliate against attacks by TMC-aided <g data-gr-id="21">goons</g> with the help of the police.”
Banerjee said: “We all should understand that anti-socials are not an <g data-gr-id="17">assest</g>. When they can’t fight us democratically, they take help of such anti-socials. They use bombs and guns. This is not the proper way to do politics. We have to achieve things through peaceful means.” She also pointed out that those who were against democracy and had no regard for democratic rights took the help of goons.
WB Assembly passes Rs 317-crore for tourism dept
A Rs 317-crore budget for the tourism department of West Bengal government was passed in the state Assembly on Thursday, with Minister Bratya Basu claiming that new avenues were being explored to double tourist entry in the state.