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মারমুখী মুখ্যমন্ত্রী বললেন, "এবার কী তাহলে প্রধানমন্ত্রীকে মারব"?
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"I have met PM ten times. I cannot do more than this. Shall I go and beat (him up)? Then you will say I have become a goonda. Without doing anything I am (called) a goonda. I do not mind that. But I know the way out. We will have to set up a fertiliser factory and it will need three or four years' time," Banerjee said.Stepping up her anti-Centre tirade, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said she had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh several times to protest against fertiliser price hike but to no avail, and she could not do anymore.
“I have met the prime minister ten times and repeatedly urged him to hike fertilizer subsidy. What more can I do? Should I beat him? If I do so, you people would call me a goon,” Banerjee said.
Earlier, stepping up pressure on the UPA government on her demand for a three-year moratorium on paying interests on central loans, she threatened to lead a march to the Red Fort in New Delhi if her pleas went unheeded.
The Congress took strong exception to Banerjee’s attack on Singh and demanded an immediate apology from her.The Congress Monday said Mamata Banerjee would eventually have to quit as chief minister as she would not be able to run West Bengal for long.The Congress was reacting to the Trinamool Congress chief for launching a scathing attack against the prime minister and threatening to lead a march to Delhi’s Red Fort.
“She (Banerjee) will not be able to run the state for long. She has already started to allege that the centre is not allotting funds. One day you can see that she will flee Bengal after getting rid of the government,” Congress leader and Minister of State for Railways Adhir Chowdhury said.
Congress leader and Minister of State for Urban Development Deepa Dasmunshi also demanded an immediate apology from Banerjee.
Dasmunshi lashed out at the chief minister on her threat to march to the Red Fort and said: “The Red Fort is a tourist spot. It is not where you can demonstrate,” she added.
Political violence takes new turn in West Bengal with this comment creating new linguistics for indian politics!While the Chief minister is speaking with such aggression, You may not blame her supporters including those Maoists who helped her to get in the writers!Addressing a rally in Canning in South 24-Parganas, some 55 km from Kolkata, Banerjee expressed her dissatisfaction over the comparison of Gujarat and her state.Stating that "Gujarat can do riots, we can't", West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the western state was flourishing mainly because of the huge funds it was getting from NRIs.Clearly with an eye on the panchayat elections, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday intensified her offensive against the Centre, claiming that her government was not duty-bound to repay the loan which the previous Left Front government had taken.
"Do not project Gujarat to me. What Gujarat can do, we can't. Yes we cannot indulge in riots. Gujarat is flourishing because huge funds come from NRIs," she said.
"Why there is so much comparison with Gujarat? Their population is far below than ours. They don't have blockades, shutdowns and strikes. They are not under financial debt like us," she said.
Blaming the erstwhile Left Front regime for the precarious financial situation of the state, Banerjee said she was not aware of its poor finances before coming to power.
"Call it unfortunate or whatever, I could not realise that the state was in such a disaster. Only if I would have come to power a few years earlier, the picture would have been different," she said.
She also attacked the central government which has not allowed a moratorium of the state's debts, in spite of her repeated demands."We have to pay more than what we earn," she said.
She declared,"We cannot allow FDI in retail and other anti-people decisions like repeated hike in diesel prices and the cap on LPG cylinders!"
Mamata Banerjee today claimed the Congress-led UPA would go in for a snap election in the middle of this year.
"They would go for an election in August-September this year. There will be no implementation of the forthcoming Union Budget (budgetary proposals which will be placed in Parliament)," Banerjee said here.
Mind you,earlier a few days ago,West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that pro-CPI(M) state government employees were trying to sabotage her government to give it a bad name, but cautioned the people against taking the law into their own hands.
"Many CPI(M) comrades got employment (during Left Front rule). How do I drive them away? I do not want to do so. But I want them to work properly and not indulge in mischief," Banerjee told a government programme here.
The chief minister, however, urged the people not to take the law into their hands in confronting such employees.
"Do not beat them up. If you do so I will take action. Tell them politely and with love that they have to do their jobs as they are in government service," Banerjee said.
Criticising the CPI(M), she said "Though only over one year and half has passed since the CPI (M) lost power, some people have started posing as if they will return to power.
"The CPI(M) has led the state to financial bankruptcy. The party is also responsible for killing and terrorising innocent people. It is trying to recapture land. It will never able to come back to power," Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress chief said.
Banerjee also continued to vent her ire against a section of the media saying, "Criticising me around the clock with the help of some television channels will not serve any purpose."
"I have met PM ten times. I cannot do more than this. Shall I go and beat (him up)? Then you will say I have become a goonda. Without doing anything I am (called) a goonda. I do not mind that. But I know the way out. We will have to set up a fertiliser factory and it will need three or four years' time," Banerjee said.
She said the central government was pursuing "anti-people" policies like FDI in multi-brand retail and diesel price hike.
"We cannot allow FDI in retail and other anti-people decisions like repeated hike in the diesel prices and the cap on LPG cylinders," Banerjee, whose party Trinamool Congress had quit the government in September last year over these issues, said.
The chief minister claimed that the Congress-led UPA would go in for a snap election in the middle of this year.
"They would go for an election in August-September this year. There will be no implementation of the forthcoming Union Budget (budgetary proposals which will be placed in Parliament)," Banerjee said.
The chief minister threatened to "take the fight for Bengal to the streets of Delhi" if the Centre did not respond to her demand for a three-year moratorium on repayment of past debts and interest on them.
"When the Left Front government was in power, it was allowed to take loans. I am going to wait for some more days. If the Centre does not accept our demand (for a moratorium and debt restructuring), I will be forced to take the fight for Bengal to the streets of Delhi," she said at the rally.
"Our government is doing very well. We have fulfilled the promises made in our manifesto. But the Centre is not allowing us to take further loans," she said.
"Please look towards Bengal with love. (Bengal) is the gateway of north-eastern states. Bengal is the border of Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal," she said. "If Bengal is developed, then India is developed. Please look at Bengal," Ms Banerjee said.
On the Centre's subsidy for different central projects and the Congress's claims on helping the states through central schemes, she said, "If they are showing mercy through these (subsidised schemes), whose money is this? Is it your money or my money? It is the money of the states," she asserted.
Ms Banerjee said the Centre was making Rs. 40,000 crore per year on account of various taxes from which Rs. 18,000 crore was being given to the state from the central pool.
"However, another Rs. 26,000 crore is being taken away from the state in the form of debt and interest repayment on central loans," she pointed out.
Slamming the UPA government over FDI in retail, hike in diesel prices, non-subsidised LPG and fertiliser price hike, she said, "This government will have to pay the price for setting the kitchens on fire".
She said if the Left Parties and the BJP had responded to her request and supported the no-confidence motion moved by her party, "then there would have been a fall of this government and (UPA-II) could not put pressure on the people".
"But unfortunately, they (parties) did not pay heed to our call and like the Royal Bengal Tiger, Trinamool Congress is one party which has the guts and did not care for ministerial positions or anything while safeguarding interests of the people," she said.
The chief minister said she supported the issues on which the Left and other trade unions have called a country-wide industrial strike on February 20 and 21, but would not allow observance of any bandh or blockade on those days in the state.
Reiterating her opposition to FDI in multi-brand retail, she said, "I am not against foreigners but FDI in multi-brand retail would snatch the livelihoods of 50 lakh small traders. RPG group is doing retail business but they (are) indigenous (businessmen). There could be one or two shopping malls."
Ms Banerjee, who has decided that her Trinamool Congress would go it alone in the crucial panchayat elections due in May this year, said Congress and CPI(M) were trying to team up against her party, but they would not succeed.
She said she would not allow any communal riots and alleged that "the Congress, CPI(M) and BJP were trying to foment trouble."
She said a section of the media, which is spreading canards against her government on various issues, was also spreading rumours abroad that CPI(M) would return to power.
"I am saying that they will not come back to power in 30 years," Ms Banerjee said.
Mamata Banerjee on Friday termed as "unfortunate" and "anti-people" the hike in diesel price and demanded its immediate rollback in the interest of the common people.
"Unfortunate, unfortunate, unfortunate. Yet another anti-people decision has been taken by the UPA government. Diesel prices have been deregulated suddenly. Immediately, there has been an increase of diesel prices by about 40-50 paise per litre, which will severely affect the common people and prices of essential commodities," she said in her Facebook post today.
"I have also come to know that the decision has been conveyed through a 'secret' communication. What is 'secret' about price rise, which affects the common people? This is nothing but cheating", she said.
"I have never heard a 'secret' price hike. It is never a man-like decision. It is an inhuman decision," Banerjee claimed.
"It is too much... We strongly oppose this anti-people decision. We demand an immediate rollback of the price hike in the interest of the common people," she wrote.
"Sad, bad, very sad, very bad, and very very what not! For bulk purchase, diesel has become costlier by Rs 11 from today. It is affecting State Transport Undertakings and creating an additional burden of Rs 40 crore upon them. The common people use public transport not only in the cities but also in the far-flung and remote areas, especially villages," she said.
Earlier addressing a rally at Haringhata in Nadia district today, Banerjee while criticising the diesel price hike described the UPA government as an 'exploiter' of the poor.
"This government is an exploiter of the poor people. It is very distressing that prices of diesel have been further increased," Banerjee said at a government programme in Haringhata.
"After hike in rail fares and the price of petrol, the rise in diesel prices will add to the woes of the common man groaning under the impact of the price rise," she said.
Mamata Banerjee seeks more airports, foreign airlines in West Bengal
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Sunday appealed to the Airport Authority of India allow more flights to ply from the Kolkata airport and construct more airports in various areas of the state, saying it was now a growing investment destination. Speaking at the inauguration of the new integrated terminal of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Mamata asked the aviation authorities to ensure that more foreign airlines operated in the city and sought night landing facility at north West Bengal's Bagdogra airport.
"We need more airports in other places like Cooch Behar where our government has plans to invest Rs 25 crore. We want either airport or helicopter facilities in places like Balurghat, Malda, Sunderbans and Digha," she said.
Speaking before Mamata, Civil Aviation Secretary KN Srivastava drew Mamata's notice to the poor drainage system that resulting to flooding of the NSCBI Airport during the rains, and problems being faced by its second runway. Mamata assured him that her government will do the necessary work from the funds allotted under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. "It is a small matter".
The chief minister said her government would extend all help to the new terminal and demanded that the central government also cooperate "as Bengal is going to be the destination of the world". She claimed that it was on her demand that the NSCBI airport was named after Netaji.
Noting that domestic flight services were not ready to take off at the airport, Mamata urged the airport authority to start the services within the next 15 days. Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said civil aviation in India is poised for a big boost with the domestic passenger traffic expected to go up to 336 million in the next ten years from the current figure of 127 million.
Similarly the international traffic will more than double to 85 million from 41 million now, he said referring to a study. "We have to ensure that India develops as an international hub of air travel," he said. Srivastava said the country's aviation sector was now growing at a rate of 15 per cent.