STATING THAT the law and order in West Bengal has “completely broken down”, former Union minister and AICC spokesperson R P N Singh Tuesday said Congress and CPM have joined hands to “protect the secular fabric” of the state.
“There is no security for women either in Kolkata or in any other part of the state… secular ideas, too, are not being protected,” Singh told newspersons at the party office.
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He alleged that the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state and the BJP at the Centre were “working in tandem”, which is “apparent” given the sluggish pace of investigations into the cases where TMC leaders are involved.
“TMC is working as a B team of BJP. It supports BJP on some Bills and here in the state acts like it’s against them… But they are working in tandem. And that shows in the BJP’s action too. It’s almost five years and the Saradha probe is yet to be completed. It’s clear that they (BJP) are going slow in the Saradha scam probe and they are also not asking for any probe into the Narada sting operation case… BJP and TMC are working hand-in-glove,” the Congress leader said.
He termed Saradha and Narada episodes as “the two most important achievements of the TMC government”.
Singh asserted that Bengal does not see investment because of “the environment here is not conducive enough” and said that the party’s priority, if it wins the Assembly elections, would be “industrialisation and generation of employment”.
“In 2011 TMC came to power with many promises and people had high expectations from it. But it has failed to restore law and order and undertake any form of development. Not a single industry has been set up in these past five-year time while the existing ones are leaving,” he said.
“We (Congress) will continue to fight for democracy in the state and with the alliance (with CPM) try to protect the secular fabric of West Bengal,” Singh said.