Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has triggerd an enormous “outsider versus insider” debate within the state forward of the meeting election, as we speak provided a clarification, saying there isn’t any discrimination within the state between Bengalis and non-Bengalis whereas reiterating her stand on the controversial regulation on the Nationwide Register of Residents. However with regards to ruling Bengal, the matter is completely different, she indicated to her supposed goal — the BJP, which has set its coronary heart on including the state to its bag within the state polls due in April.
“See what is occurring in Assam and Tripura. Within the identify of NRC they scared everybody. There may be an NPR (Nationwide Inhabitants Register). Each state is doing it, but we have not achieved it. We cannot allow them to do it,” she mentioned..
There isn’t any distinction between Bengalis and non-Bengalis, the Chief Minister mentioned. “We take everybody alongside whether or not its Biharis or UP or Rajasthan or Terai or Dooars. We take everybody alongside. However we should keep in mind one factor. Gujarat won’t ever reign over Bengal. Individuals who reside in Bengal will reign over Bengal,” the Chief Minister mentioned at a rally in north Bengal’s Alipurduar.
The Chief Minister’s phrases in regards to the neighbouring states comes because the BJP continues its efforts to show that it’s no stranger to Bengali tradition. On Monday, Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman began her funds speech with a quote from Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore, thought of the cultural core of Bengal.
During the last months, the BJP has additionally extensively centered on the cultural icons of the state — together with Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, whose delivery anniversary on January 23 was marked as “Parakram Diwas”, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi being in Kolkata for the event.
However the BJP leaders have additionally made a number of fake pas with regards to these icons like getting Tagore’s birthplace unsuitable. The TMC has mentioned Jai Shri Ram slogans by BJP supporters at an occasion to mark Netaji’s birthday was an insult to Netaji and his legacy.
“We’ll take away the BJP from Bengal and India. We do not get scared,” Mamata Banerjee mentioned as we speak, switching to the opposite situation that’s plaguing her social gathering – a string of defections by leaders huge and small, who’ve walked over to the rival social gathering.
“Some persons are operating away in concern. Inform those that are operating away — ‘You’ll know what the BJP is. They may set your tail on fireplace and create a Lanka kaand’,” she mentioned, underscoring her stance that defectors are cowards who’re no loss to her social gathering.
“Trinamool Congress tickets aren’t bought for cash. TMC MP & MLAs cannot be purchased with cash,” she added, persevering with to berate her aides-turned enemies.
Hitting out straight on the Prime Minister, she added, “When migrants staff did not have cash for tickets, we purchased tickets for them. And take a look at Modiji. Some individuals from Trinamool who’re corrupt are being flown in non-public jets by Modiji. And migrants needed to journey on foot. That is your politics”.
On Saturday, former Trinamool leaders like Rajib Banerjee, Baishali Dalmiya and others flew in a chartered aircraft to New Delhi to fulfill Amit Shah and be a part of the BJP. The Chief Minister as we speak mentioned Rajib Banerjee’s actions as Forest Minister in her authorities will likely be investigated.