The West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief asked the EC that if Assam polls can be conducted in three phases and Tamil Nadu in one then why Bengal polls were being bifurcated into eight phases.
At an SC/ST conference on February 4, Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee launched the Didir Doot app to disseminate information on party programmes. Amit Shah launched the Modipara app at an event during his visit to West Bengal.
Rajib Banerjee claimed that the state government’s “Swasthya Sathi” health scheme was a hoax. “The funds required for the scheme are much more than the West Bengal government’s annual budget,” he added.
For years, the Matuas were demanding an amendment to the Citizenship Act of 2003, whose provisions made it difficult for refugees to get citizenship. The proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) only added to their insecurity. But the BJP has also provided an antidote — the CAA.
Besides Rajib Banerjee, Baishali Dalmiya (Trinamool MLA from Bally, Howrah) and Prabir Ghosal (Trinamool MLA from Uttarpara in Hooghly) have publicly expressed their ire against the party. While some have resigned from their posts, others have been suspended by the party.
In a Facebook Live, Banerjee said, “I wanted to do some good work for the people but failedbecause of some persons in the party.” Banerjee said he was patiently waiting for the right time to get his grievances, "solely concerning the wellbeing of people”, addressed.
Launching the BJP’s ‘Krishak Suraksha Abhiyan’ and ‘Ek Mutho Chal’ campaigns at a village in East Burdwan district, Nadda mocked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for agreeing to implement the PM-KISAN scheme, saying it was “too late”.
Two years after coming to power, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) administration enacted the West Bengal Right to Public Services Act, 2013 (WBRTPS Act), and in 2015 it set up the West Bengal Right to Public Service Commission to ensure proper implementation of the law.
The trouble in TMC’s Howrah district unit had come to the fore in July last year when the tussle between two ministers — Rajib Banerjee and Arup Roy — over allegations of corruption against some local functionaries became an embarrassment for the party.
The development, which comes days after several Trinamool Congress leaders joined the BJP, has sparked speculations that Shukla could also be be joining the BJP ahead of party's national president JP Nadda visit to the state.