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Rajnath Singh attacks Mamata govt, raises questions on Malda violence

Referring to the violence in Malda, he refuted Chief minister Mamata Banerjee's statement that it was a result of a tussle between BSF officials and locals.

By: PTI | Ashoknagar (wb) | Updated: January 21, 2016 9:39 pm
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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday attacked the TMC government over law and order in West Bengal, claiming that women, people and even policemen are not safe in the state and also questioned its version on the recent violence in Malda.

Singh also took a dig at the Mamata Banerjee government over its global business summit held earlier this month and said that holding such programmes will not be able to bring in investments in the state unless the government improves law and order and ensures good governance.

Despite TMC’s slogan for ushering in change, “‘Ma-mati-manush’ (mother, earth and people) and even police are not secure in West Bengal. The TMC government has not been able to bring in any change in Bengal,” Singh told a BJP rally here in poll-bound West Bengal.

Referring to the violence in Malda, he refuted Chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s statement that it was a result of a tussle between BSF officials and locals.

“The incident in Malda is not a small incident. I want to tell the TMC government that the Malda case should be solved. Whoever may be involved in the incident should be arrested. Only few arrests can’t solve the case,” he said.

The union home minister said “It is being said that the (Malda) violence was a result of tussle between BSF and locals. But it is not true. Are they (state government) trying to safeguard those forces which attacked the BSF official?

“Will those who attacked BSF roam free? This is the same BSF which had given befitting reply to Pakistani forces in the Indo-Pak border,” Singh said.

Responding to Singh’s attack, TMC national spokesperson Derek O’Brien said, “Mr Rajnath Singh, Malda is your creation. As the home minister of the country you should not be on a mission to stoke communal tension.

“The country knows this is a well known tactic BJP uses when elections are at hand. And all this coming from a central government which is running the nation using ‘agencies’ to pursue its own cynical agenda.,” he added.

“You are using a political meeting to threaten the state. Which Home Minister with a conscience would do that?”, he said.

Seeking people’s support in the coming assembly election, which is barely a few months away, Singh said, “There will be assembly elections in West Bengal very soon. There will be change in Bengal too. I appeal to you that give us strength in the state assembly. We will do everything to change the situation in the state.

“The people from Bengal tell us that they want change. But what will they do ? Polling booths are looted. As the home minister of the country I want to assure you that you all will be able to exercise your franchise in a free and fair way,” he said adding he will tell Election Commission that the required number of central forces for Bengal will be made available.

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  1. M
    Jan 21, 2016 at 7:03 pm
    Colonial powers ped on their idea on how to rule to Congress. From Congress other stake holders learned this tricks over the years to beat the Congress in its own game. Nothing new, these forces themselves now became Congress or are on the way to become one! TMC, AAP falls in this category - just following the established art of politicking or becoming "relevant" . Anyone unemplo having nothing to do, once skilled at this art can join the political who is who in India in no time! And as long as there are millions of uneducated ones or divided along ever exploited fault lines this will not disappear! Any trouble on the way? Just put a big red tikka or a cap or walk flanked by "Gurus" in robes and you are out of it!
    1. M
      Jan 21, 2016 at 7:09 pm
      Next battle field of Islamists will be India and not stan or Bangladesh thanks Indian seculars who are "beaming" with human "values" and "rights"! stan and Bnagladesh will complain to the world community it is India who is responsible for communal violence (including Islamic violence) to score some brownie points and they will do that successfully in order to export their problem to India in exchange of political goodwill of world community (provided they are little smarter in it). They will loosing nothing in the process, not even their Islamic clout!
      1. M
        Jan 21, 2016 at 7:18 pm
        One thing BJP can probably take into consideration: what if it spends the election money to youth/women related projects/schemes in a mive way and just declare it would not spend any money during electioneering. If the message can be sent through a new style of electioneering will begin and people will start behaving more responsibly. One does not always have to do politics in the same way their forefathers did. Worth doing experiments if their is at least not much to loose no matter what!
        1. Y
          Jan 21, 2016 at 11:40 pm
          Malda is a sikulars paid media cover up
          1. B
            bharat thakur
            Jan 21, 2016 at 4:36 pm
            Easy to take on each other, and blame each other. When did Rajnath singh or BJP show their responsibility
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