BJP national secretary and Bengal observer Siddarth Nath Singh alleged on Tuesday that the ruling Trinamool Congress was fostering all sorts of criminal activities in West Bengal.
“First it was ponzi firms which spread across the state, then it was cross-border terror activities and now the state is producing fake currency notes of not only India but of other countries as well (in a reference to the Monday’s arrest of a man from Howrah from whose possession the police recovered fake currencies of several nations worth Rs 10 crore). Bengal has now the infrastructure where fake currency can be printed, terrorists can be manufactured, trained and sent to other countries,” Singh made the alleged remarks at a press conference.
Referring to the forthcoming meeting of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Singh said, “Every chief minister needs to meet the Prime Minister. The BJP government has openly welcomed any CM who wants to meet the PM and we will not be biased. There can always be political differences but we must not let our ego come where the development of a state is concerned. Unfortunately though the Chief Minister of Bengal puts her ego on the path before the development of the state.”
State BJP president Rahul Sinha said that they would write to the state election commission (SEC) to request that election to all 99 municipalities are held in April. “We will also ask the SEC to tell the state government about the required central forces and we will also talk to the Centre about providing the force,” Sinha said.
Talking about the state leaders’ meeting with district and ward presidents, Sinha said that booth committees are ready in 92 per cent wards in Kolkata and about 77 per cent in the entire state. “The first list of candidates for Kolkata would be out by March 10,” he said.
On the BJP’s membership drive, he said a total of 192 party members have been given the target that they have to achieve by the end of this month.
“Nine state leaders have also been selected to visit districts and conduct meetings both in terms of fixing candidates for municipal elections and stepping up the membership drive,” Sinha said.