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Bengal Assembly passes resolution against increasing BSF’s jurisdiction, MLA’s statement sparks row

After his comments, BJP leader Mihir Goswami and other saffron party MLAs came down to the well and started sloganeering. Udayan Guha then said, “One of your legs is already broken and we will break your other leg.”

Written by Atri Mitra | Kolkata |
Updated: November 16, 2021 5:53:07 pm
BSFBengal became the second state after Punjab where such a resolution has been tabled and passed. (File)

The West Bengal State Assembly Tuesday passed a resolution opposing the decision of the Union Home Ministry to increase BSF’s jurisdiction at the Indo-Bangla border from the existing 15 kilometre to 50 kilometre. The resolution passed with 112 votes against 63 cast to oppose it.

Meanwhile, during the discussion on the resolution, chaos erupted after TMC’s Udayan Guha said, “When women cross the border, BSF personnel in the name of checking, frisk and touch private parts in front of their children. You cannot expect those children to chant Bharat Mata Ki Jai or they will be patriotic.”

After his comments, BJP leader Mihir Goswami and other saffron party MLAs came down to the well and started sloganeering. Guha then said, “One of your legs is already broken and we will break your other leg.”

After a chaos erupted in the assembly, Speaker Biman Banerjee stopped Guha and said, “This is not desired and you should not instigate.”

BSF later strongly opposed Guha’s statement. A senior officer said, “BSF is a professional force that has always performed the mandated duties by adhering to the rules and regulations. BSF Mahila Praharis are the ones who do frisking of females. The allegations of inappropriately touching women by BSF personnel are utterly baseless.”

Later, outside the assembly, Guha once again told media, “Everything I have said is correct and I will not deviate from the statement.”

However, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee said, “I will not say anything on that particular statement but our party and government are always in favour of maintaining a good culture and language inside the house.”

Leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari said, “You can criticise the decision. You can say the duty of the police will be hampered and if it is true, we will appeal to the Centre but what some leaders spoke about BSF, a force that relentlessly works to save our borders, is very unfortunate and people of India will hear what opinion the leaders have about the forces.”

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