Terming Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s latest go to to a tribal family in West Bengal’s Bankura, a “show-off”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday alleged that the lunch he had there was prepared some other place by a “Brahmin cook”.
Also alleging that the house minister didn’t even understand how tribal freedom fighter Birsa Munda appeared like as he garlanded a mistaken statue of him there, the chief minister introduced that the state authorities would declare vacation on Munda’s delivery anniversary on November 15.
Addressing a state authorities occasion in Khatra space of tribal-dominated Bankura district, Banerjee hit out at Shah, saying a number of days in the past he visited Bengal for present-off. “Dikhane ke liye kuch din pahle mannaniya grih mantri Amit Shah aaye the. Unhone ek Dalit familly ke yahan khana khaya tha (Shan came here and had lunch at a Dalit home for show-off),” she stated in Hindi, alleging “the food was brought from outside and cooked by a Brahmin.”
“There were visuals that the Dalit family was cutting cabbage and coriander, but none of these was seen (on his plate). He had eaten Basmati rice, posta bora (poppy seed fritters),” she stated, including after having lunch he went away. “There was a child suffering from Thalassemia or some disease whom he didn’t meet”.
During a two-day go to to West Bengal earlier this month, Shah met the family in Chaturthi village of Bankura and had meals with them on November 5.
Banerjee added that Shah even garlanded a statue of a hunter, considering it to be that of tribal freedom struggle fighter Munda.
“Shah had garlanded a statue thinking it to be of Birsa Munda… Later, it was known that it was of a hunter. But my Ma, Mati, Manus (TMC slogan) workers will ensure that Birsa Munda’s statute is installed here. In fact, the state government will announce holiday on Birsa Munda’s anniversary from next year. It will be updated in the state’s holiday list,” she stated.
Also accusing the BJP of defaming her Trinamool Congress (TMC) for one per cent mistaken individuals, she stated 99 per cent of them are good. “They defame us for just one per cent wrong men in TMC that too those who came from the CPI(M).”
She additionally took on the Centre for the modification to the Essential Commodities Act, from which potatoes and onions have been excluded. Referring to the Centre as “aaloo ki sarkar (Government of potatoes), Banerjee alleged that it is ensuring that “you can’t even eat a meal of rice and potatoes”.
But, she stated, the state authorities would prolong the free foodgrain scheme past June 2021, earlier introduced, as she was assured of “forming the government after next Assembly polls”.
She additionally requested the individuals to not vote for the BJP because the central authorities was giving the monetary advantages to the poor from their cash solely. (ANI)
Seventeen days after Union house minister Amit Shah visited Bankura district in the western a part of West Bengal, mentioned elections with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders from the area and had lunch at a tribal house, chief minister Mamata Banerjee reached the district on Sunday afternoon.
Shah spent round eight hours in Bankura. Banerjee can be attending administrative conferences and public rallies until November 25, mentioned Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders.
“Mamata Banerjee is not a migratory bird who pays a visit once in a while to have lunch with people. She has done a lot for the tribal population. We are confident that she will do more in the future,” mentioned Jyotsna Mandi, the TMC legislator from Ranibandh which is reserved for scheduled tribe candidates.
Incidentally, all 13 meeting segments in Bankura district are a part of three Lok Sabha seats that additionally comprise some meeting segments from two adjoining districts. These Lok Sabha seats, Bankura, Bishnupur and Bardhaman-Durgapur, had been received by the BJP in 2019 when it received 18 of the state’s 42 seats.
Banerjee’s go to is important as a result of the TMC additionally launched its new outreach programme in Bankura on Saturday. All legislators in the state have been requested to go to their constituencies with native bureaucrats and work together with individuals about their issues and resolve these inside a stipulated time-frame.
Sampa Daripa, the legislator from Bankura meeting section visited a tribal village previous to the chief minister’s go to. “The villagers are having some problems getting subsidised ration. They also want a road repaired. These will be taken care of,” mentioned Daripa.
BJP state basic secretary Sayantan Basu, who visited Durgapur on Sunday to attend organizational conferences, scoffed on the chief minister’s go to to the tribal belt.
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“Banerjee is making desperate efforts but nothing can save her government. It’s like saying prayers for the dying. She should have reached out to these people when they needed her help. All these years the TMC delivered nothing but corruption. The tribal people want jobs and security that she cannot provide,” mentioned Basu.
The area can be a vital issue for the TMC in the meeting polls due in about 5 months as a result of voters expressed their confidence in the BJP in 2019.
Dr Subhas Sarkar wrested the Bankura Lok Sabha seat from the TMC by securing 49.2 % votes. Union minister S S Ahluwalia received from Bardhaman-Durgapur whereas TMC’s Saumitra Khan retained the Bishnupur seat after becoming a member of the BJP previous to the polls. Khan is now president of the BJP’s state youth entrance.
Days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah visited a tribal man’s residence for lunch in West Bengal’s Bankura district, each BJP and TMC leaders appeared to be making a beeline to the family’s modest family, promising monetary and medical support for his ailing daughter.
BJP MP from Bankura Dr Subhas Sarkar visited Bibhishan Hansda’s family at Chaturdihi village earlier within the day, together with a few of his get together males, and stated he would bear all remedy bills of his teenaged daughter, who’s affected by a uncommon diabetic dysfunction.
Sarkar additionally stated the woman is likely to be flown to AIIMS in Delhi, if want be.
“She is suffering from diabetes insipidus, which starts early in life and needs continuous treatment. I will do everything possible to help her, as suggested by our home minister,” he said.
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Local TMC leaders had met Hansda on Saturday and promised all amenities to the category 12 woman, two days after Shah’s a lot-hyped visit to the family.
“Amit Shah came, had lunch but did not offer any financial package or help to the family. The BJP will always provide lip service to the poor tribals,” Shyamal Santra, Bankura TMC chief, had stated.
He additionally suggested the woman to take up a course in nursing later in life.
Bankura, dominated by tribal and backward communities, is without doubt one of the a number of districts, the place the BJP made deep inroads within the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
It bagged each the parliamentary seats in Bankura.
A district CPI(M) chief stated the BJP and the TMC appear to have out of the blue woken up to the plight of the family, with a watch on the tribal vote financial institution, forward of 2021 meeting polls.
The CPI(M) chief additionally stated that he “would be happy if any of those promises are actually fulfilled”.
BJP state basic secretary Sayantan Basu had stated on Saturday that the ruling get together would attain out to extra such households, provided that Shah visits them.
“It seems more such visits by the home minister is required to tribal, backward and poor households. The local Trinamool leadership stands exposed before the tribals in the Jangalmahal area, who have identified the BJP as their true friend,” he stated.
The TMC leaders, nonetheless, levelled counter allegations, claiming that the BJP is “indulging in cheap vote bank politics” by arranging such visits.
Jangalmahal space, as soon as a Maoist stronghold, contains elements of Jhargram, Paschim Medinipur, Bankura and Purulia.