PM Modi accuses TMC, CPI(M) of playing politics with farmers; Mamata hits back – kolkata

Security of Bengal’s farmers, who produce crops on 68 per cent of the state’s whole geographical space, emerged as a political concern on Friday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whereas addressing the nation’s farmers in a dwell telecast, accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) of playing politics over the farmer’s agitation in Punjab.

Without naming the 2 political events in his lengthy speech, the PM stated, “Parties that have been rejected by the people are now conspiring.”

Migration of jobless individuals from Bengal, the place farming can not assist all households, has been a raging concern because the Covid-19 pandemic began.

“Look at the state government. It sees politics in welfare schemes and stops 70 lakh farmers from receiving central aid. It goes to Punjab and hobnobs with people who are misleading farmers,” stated Modi.

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Directing his assault on the CPI(M) and the federal government it runs in Kerala, the prime minister stated, “People who ruled Bengal for 30 years have not even once staged an agitation in the state demanding implementation of the Prime Minister Kisan Samman Yojana. Why didn’t you raise your voice? Instead, you reached Punjab to pose for selfies. This raises questions.”

Reacting to PM Modi’s allegation, chief minister Mamata Banerjee issued a press release within the night.

“Since you have raised questions on my ideology and commitment to the people of Bengal, let me remind you that my ideology is consistent with the vision of the founding fathers of the country and I have wholeheartedly served the people of West Bengal with the right intent, efforts and with everything I have,” wrote Banerjee.

Banerjee additionally accused the prime minister of exhibiting concern for the agitating farmers by way of a televised tackle “instead of proactively working to resolve their issues.”

“Was this a PM’s speech? He was addressing farmers of the country but singled out Bengal and Kerala. Why?” stated TMC Lok Sabha member and occasion spokesperson Saugata Roy.

By concentrating on the TMC and the Marxists, Modi apparently redefined the battle line in ballot-certain Bengal since most of the agricultural inhabitants depends on farming or farm-based mostly enterprise.

According to the 2011 census, Bengal’s inhabitants stood at 9.13 crore. It is projected to succeed in 10.19 crore in 2021. The census confirmed that round 68.13 per cent of the inhabitants lives in villages of rural areas the place the literacy fee was 72.13 per cent in 2011.

According to the Bengal authorities’s information, the online cropped space is 52.05 lakh hectares which comprise 68 per cent of the geographical space of the state and 92 per cent of arable land.

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Barely 24 hours earlier than PM Modi’s speech, Mamata Banerjee had introduced that her authorities would arrange an agro-based mostly industrial park at Singur in Hooghly district, the place her lengthy agitation in opposition to acquisition of multi-crop land for the Tata small automobile manufacturing facility helped her oust the CPI(M) authorities in 2011. The Tata Group moved the mission to Gujarat.

Defending the Singur agitation, Roy stated, “We opposed the Tata project not just politically but moved the court as well.”

“We are not doing any politics in Punjab. The farmers are on protest and opposition parties are urging the Cente to scrap the new farm laws. Modi deviated from this main issue today to mislead people,” stated Roy.

“Our government has so far spent Rs 2,642 crore to give Rs 5,000 per acre annually to 47 lakh farmers. Modi is only talking about Rs 6,000 under PMKSY. We will give it to farmers if it is routed through the state. We cannot let the BJP reap political benefit to buy votes,” Roy added.

When identified that PM Modi particularly stated that Bengal farmers are writing to him, in search of assist beneath PMKSY, Roy stated, “Has there been any farmers’ agitation in Bengal in 10 years? They have no complaints. The government collects rice from them on time paying the minimum support price. Bengal farmers have tripled their average income since 2011. The Centre can achieve that not before 2028.”

Hoping to seek out the CPI(M) by the TMC on this concern, Roy stated, “We have differences with the Left but we support the farmers’ cause. The two parties agree on issues such as communal politics. These (the PM’s speech) are diversionary tactics to weaken the movement.”

CPI(M) politburo member Md Salim summarily rejected the TMC’s assist to the farmers’ stir, calling it a lip service.

“Had the TMC been serious about the farm bills it would have convened a special winter session of the state assembly that we demanded. In 2014 and 2017, the TMC government introduced two similar bills in the state,” stated Salim.

“The TMC does not even have a farmers’ front. When we held kisan agitation and general strike on November 26 and December 18, the government opposed it. The police even resorted to baton charge on the agitators,” alleged Salim.

The BJP wished to take advantage of of the PM’s speech and held conferences in all neighborhood blocks of the state the place the dwell programme was screened at gatherings attended by occasion leaders.

BJP state president Dilip Ghosh stated, “People in the state will enjoy the benefits of all central schemes when we come to power in a few months”.

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Saradha chit fund owner’s letter from jail accuses Bengal politicians of accepting crores – kolkata

A letter, purportedly written by Sudipta Sen, proprietor of the blacklisted Saradha chit fund firm, alleging that crores of rupees got by him to leaders of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), CPI(M) and Congress has evoked combined reactions in Bengal politics. Sen is lodged in a correctional dwelling (jail) in Kolkata and ready for trial.

The letter says that Sen is pained to see that those that took the cash are “now joining the BJP.” The quantities talked about vary from Rs 2 crore to Rs 9 crore per head. According to the letter, Sen needs the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to probe the matter.

The most vital half of the 2-web page letter is that the one TMC chief named in it has lately grow to be a trigger for concern for the ruling celebration. HT shouldn’t be disclosing his title as he couldn’t be contacted for response.

The different 4 leaders stated they’d file a defamation go well with in opposition to Sen for making faux allegations with the only intention of maligning their picture.

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The letter, dated December 1 and addressed to the Prime Minister and the chief minister, was mysteriously leaked to the media on Saturday together with a forwarding letter purportedly despatched by an official of the Kolkata’s Presidency Correctional Home, the place Sen is lodged, to the state correctional division.

The hand-written letter, the veracity of which couldn’t be verified by HT and on which no authorities official has commented, says that 5 properly-identified politicians have been amongst many from the 4 events who took crores of rupees from Sen. The letter is written on a printed kind marked Prisoner’s Petition (Permitted beneath Jail code Rule 615)

Sen, a first-rate accused within the rip-off, was arrested by the state police in 2013. The Enforcement Directorate can be conducting a parallel probe into the operations of the Saradha Group of which Sen was the director.

“I don’t know what Sudipta Sen has written and why he has done so. A man who is about to face trial does not have the right to bring allegations against other people while he is in jail,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh stated at a rally in Midnapore on Sunday.

Columnist and political commentator Suvashis Maitra stated, “It would not be proper to comment on the content of the letter. What intrigues me is how it got leaked. A lot of letters are being leaked these days.”

Sen wrote the same open letter in 2013. It was a seven-web page handwritten be aware wherein he stated that he was used as a pawn by politicians and influential individuals who wished his cash and assets.

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BJP worker murdered in north Bengal; party accuses TMC – kolkata

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker died in a hospital at Tufanganj in Cooch Behar district of north Bengal on Wednesday morning after he was injured in a conflict between members of two neighborhood golf equipment.

The deceased, Kalachand Karmakar, was a polling sales space degree secretary of the BJP. Malati Rava Ray, president of the BJP’s Cooch Behar district unit, alleged that Karmakar was killed by criminals shielded by the Trinamool Congress (TMC).

“Two local residents, Biplab Karmakar and Parimal Burman, were injured when they tried to save the BJP worker. They are admitted in Tufanganj hospital. Our workers are being targeted regularly,” stated Ray.

“The clash was triggered by a quarrel between members of two community clubs that had organised Kali Puja. One person has been arrested. We are conducting a probe,” a police officer from Tufangunj police station stated on situation of anonymity as he’s not authorised to speak to the media.

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Abdul Jalil Ahmed, the TMC district basic secretary, stated, “The clash had nothing to do with politics. There was a quarrel between members of the two community clubs. TMC is not involved in any way.”

BJP nationwide basic secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya alleged in Kolkata that Karmakar grew to become a goal as a result of he was polling sales space-degree worker. “Our party is strengthening its base in all polling booth areas. The ruling party is trying to foil our strategy by targeting booth-level workers.”

While speaking to the native media, Cooch Behar superintendent of police Ok Kannan stated, “The deceased was 55 years old. When there was a quarrel between members of the two clubs he tried to intervene and stop them. Someone punched Karmakar in the face and he fell unconscious. He was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.”

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Sikh turban row: Bengal home dept accuses BJP of communalising issue – kolkata

The West Bengal home division on Sunday afternoon stated {that a} sure political social gathering was including communal color to the October 8 incident in Howrah, the place a Sikh man’s turban got here off ,when the police have been attempting to arrest him on prices of carrying a pistol.

The incident occurred in the course of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) march to Nabanna, the state secretariat. Videos of the jostling and the Sikh man’s garments being pulled by policemen have since gone viral.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, former Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh and a number of other members of the Sikh group have raised their voice towards the incident. They have stated it was an insult to the Sikh group and the accused, Balvinder Singh.

The BJP has began a marketing campaign on this issue.

“Our Sikh brothers and sisters live here in West Bengal in perfect peace and harmony, in happiness and tranquility, with respect from all of us for their faith and practices. A recent incident when one isolated individual got caught with one illegally carried firearm in an agitation that was not authorised and is now being twisted out of context, distorted and given communal colours in fractious and partisan interests,” tweeted the state home division.

“One political party is giving communal colour to the subject in narrow partisan interests in a manner that Bengal does not believe in. Policing was done as per law, but highest respect for the Sikh panth and ways from the state government is affirmed,” the tweet added.

Bengal BJP state president Dilip Ghosh stated, “Tweets will not help. The nation has seen the videos. The police have hurt the sentiments of the Sikh community.”

Earlier, Ghosh had stated that Singh is the bodyguard of a BJP youth entrance chief and works for a personal safety company. He has a sound licence for the pistol, Ghosh had claimed.

However, police have discovered that the licence was issued in Kashmir and it’s not legitimate in West Bengal.

“The Sikh community has been insulted. We saw in the videos that the man was isolated from the rest of the people and dragged along the ground. The turban did not fall off by accident,” Union minister of state Babul Supriyo instructed a TV information channel. “From lawlessness to the arrest of al-Qaeda terrorists, there is every reason to impose President’s rule in Bengal,’’ he said.

Saugata Ray, a Trinamool Congress (TMC) Lok Sabha member and a party spokesperson, said, “Babul Supriyo is new to politics. He has not studied the Constitution. Before enforcing Article 356, an advisory has to be issued under Article 355. That has not been done.”

The October 8 incident has triggered an uproar.

“Please look into this matter @MamataOfficial this isn’t done,” former Indjan cricketer Singh had tweeted on Friday night, tagging Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. He had additionally posted tweets and information video clippings tweeted by BJP’s Delhi unit secretary Impreet Singh Bakshi.

The similar tweets and movies have been additionally shared by BJP nationwide secretary Arvind Menon and different social gathering leaders. “In Bengal, is there no respect for people from other religious faiths except for a specific one?” tweeted Menon.

Members of the Sikh group have additionally staged two protests in Kolkata.

The agitation was marked by “unprovoked” baton cost and use of tear gasoline by the police that left 1,500 individuals injured, the BJP has alleged.

At least 24 BJP leaders, together with the social gathering’s nationwide common secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya and Menon, have been booked for violating the Central authorities’s pointers on gatherings and political rallies owing to the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) outbreak.

The agitation was organised by the social gathering’s youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM). It was marked by pitched battles between the police and the social gathering staff in components of Kolkata and Howrah, the place Nabanna is situated.

The BJP leaders have been additionally charged for destroying public properties and violating prohibitory orders below Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).


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