Claiming that a love affair was blooming between the Congress and the Left Front in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday said that candidates of already decimated Opposition parties will face further rejection by the people.
“Congress and CPM are having a political love affair. Both are having an extended Valentine’s Day,” Mamata said while replying to the debate on the Governor’s address amid boycott of the House by opposition Left and Congress members who were alleging that the Chief Minister avoided the House regularly.
Launching a scathing attack on both the CPM and the Congress, Mamata said people would not vote for those who have boycotted the House. “Those who have left the benches vacant, thank you very much. One day you will end up boycotting yourselves. People will not elect you in future. People from our side will occupy those seats,” she said.
Referring to the vacant Opposition benches, she said, “Iswar eder bhalo rakhun. Echara kichu bolar nei. (I pray to God to keep them well. I have nothing else to say).”
Justifying her absence from the Assembly soon after the Governor’s address, Mamata said she took permission from the Speaker before going on district tours.
“I have to travel to districts to get a first-hand knowledge of problems. I do not give lectures sitting in air-conditioned rooms and resort to lies,” she said and wondered whether the Left liked her to be in the House all the time. “Do I look good? Is it necessary that I have to stay (in the House). It seems that you all like me.”
‘Cong bigger comrade’
Saying that the Congress had turned “bigger comrades than comrades”, she accused the Centre of attempting to “starve” the state. “Even the funds for the MGNERGA have been stopped by the Centre for the last three months. Why did it allow the CPM-led Left Front to take loans time and again during its reign?” she asked.
Rubbishing the recent charge of Leader of opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra accusing her of creating bad blood with neighbouring states and countries, she said that ties with foreign countries was for the Central government to take care of. “We are for better ties with all the states and also for neighbouring countries. There is no truth in the allegation,” she said.
Refuses CBI probe into Saradha scam .
She also criticized the Congress and CPM for demanding a CBI inquiry into the Saradha chit fund scam saying similar probes into incidents in Singur and Nandigram had not yielded results.
“There have been so many CBI probes. If there was result then I would have thought of it. There is no justice as yet in the Tapasi Malik murder case in Singur and in the killings in Nandigram and in Jnaneshwari Train disaster. Everyone knows none of these inquiries produced any result,” she charged.
Even in the Netai and Choto Angaria killings, CBI inquiries did not produce any result so far, she said.
“CPM and Congress are brothers. They don’t have any escape route without CBI,” Mamata said, adding Trinamool Congress councillor Sambhunath Kow accused of killing party leader Adhir Maity at Dhapa had been arrested. Mohammad Iqbal alias Munna was arrested for the killing of a sub-inspector of police at Garden Reach and was now on bail, she added. Stating that TMC
MP Kunal Ghosh was arrested in the Saradha chit fund scam, she asked, “Did they (CPM) take any action against their partymen?”
‘More rapes during Left regime’.
She also brushed aside allegations of rising rising cases of rape in the state and said such incidents were higher during the previous Left Front regime.
“According to (National) Crime Records Bureau, as per the complaints registered, there were 2336 cases of rape in 2009, 2311 cases in 2010, 2363 cases in 2011, 2046 cases in 2012 and 1590 in 2013,” she said. Quoting statistics of 2012, she said according to complaints registered, there were 585 rape cases in Delhi, 232 in Mumbai, 94 in Chennai, 90 in Bangalore and 68 in Kolkata.
Before her government came to power in 2011, she said, FIRs were not allowed to be filed in police stations.
Her government, she said, was for strong and prompt action against perpetrators. “We want that culprits should be charge sheeted in three months in fast track courts,” she said.
Meanwhile, Left Front members staged mock Assembly during the Chief Minister’s speech.
CPM politburo member Surjya Kanta Mishra said, “This boycott will continue till the Chief Minister attends the House regularly in the question and answer session, which she always tries to avoid.”
BJP prepares report on financial mismanagement
Kolkata: Even as the state government placed its budget Monday, the BJPstate unit has prepared a report on ‘mismanagement’ of state finances, which would be placed before Governor M K Narayanan next week. Rahul Sinha, state BJP chief said: “Our intellectual cell has prepared a report, which will be submitted to the Governor soon. We want his intervention on financial mismanagement.”
Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh in a recent BJP rally pointed out that the state had accumulated a debt of Rs 2.28 lakh crore and that the state’s interest payout is Rs 26,000 crore per annum.
“State’s borrowing costs are on rise and the bonds issued from RBI’s auction window has to declare higher interest rates for attracting takers. West Bengal is paying at least 15 basis points higher interest rate than other states, which is putting enormous pressure on the state’s exchequer. We fear the administrative expenses are being met from borrowings whereas this should have been utilised for asset creation, which generates revenue. RBI has already said investing in West Bengal bonds is a risky affair since its finances were not at ease,” the report said.
The report has also raised the issues of government’s spending on several kinds of shows, festivals and other schemes.
Central budget ethically and morally wrong: TMC
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress Monday termed the Union interim budget as “ethically and morally” wrong because UPA government, which placed proposals in Parliament, would turn into a caretaker government once Election Commission announced the date of Lok Sabha polls. Trinamool Congress general secretary Mukul Roy said the budget proposals submitted by P Chidambaram was an eyewash. “It was supposed to be an interim budget, valid for about three months, and mostly a budget of the expenses of the government. But it sounded as if they were for the next 10 years, or as if the UPA will be in power for the next 10 years. This budget is ethically and morally incorrect. An interim budget means a budget to bear the cost of salaries and other necessary costs of the government till a new party is elected to power,” Roy said.
Defections give Trinamool another municipality
Kolkata: Two Forward Bloc, two CPM and one Congress councillor Monday defected to TMC giving party majority to form board in Mekhliganj municipality, TMC general secretary Mukul Roy said. “The Mekhliganj municipality was under Left with FB, CPM and Congress holding six, two and one seat, respectively. Now, after the councillors decided to join our party, TMC now has five councillors and FB 4,” Roy said.