Kolkata, May 31: Mamata Banerjee, who desired to demit the office of the Bengal Chief Minister during her first post-Lok Sabha result party meeting, following Trinamool Congress' lacklustre and ignominious performance, is going to hold her second meeting on Friday. Several changes are expected in the party structure, inducting new faces.
In her first post-result party meeting on May 25, Banerjee offering to resign from the Chief Ministership saying, "I don’t need the chair of the chief minister. I was ready to step down and only lead the party as I couldn't perform my duty because of the constraints of the Model Code of Conduct, but my party refused to accept it."
She accused the Narendra Modi government of creating an "emergency-like" situation in the State.
Spewing her venom against the Election Commission, she quipped, "Central forces worked against her party and the EC played a mute spectator. The EC is the man of the match of this election. It has openly supported the BJP. Our complaints were not heeded to by the EC. Our administration was under it for five months; an emergency situation was created."
She also came down heavily on the BJP, saying, "The BJP has won by spreading communalism – it has won by dividing Hindus and Muslims. However, I don’t believe in dividing people on the basis of religion; I am prepared go alone on this. The amount of money spent by the BJP during this election beats any scam. The BJP distributed money with the help of government officers, the Central forces posted here, BSF and others."
Meanwhile, the State, which has been on boil since the results were out on May 23, has been witnessing unabated violence between the ruling party and the saffron brigade, in different particularly in Bhatpara, Bijpur, Kankinara and Naihati in North 24 Parganas district, from where TMC-turned-BJP leaders Mukul Roy and Arjun Singh hailed and from where scores of municipal councillors joined the BJP after deserting Trinamool.
Banerjee, who yesterday met the violence-affected families in Naihati, said the Trinamool Congress will give a "proper reply to all the violence being brought on by the BJP" and assured that her government will bring all the criminals who have committed violence to justice.
An angry Banerjee confronted a crowd that chanted "Jai Shri Ram" when she was passing through Bhatpara area and lost her cool. The area is a stronghold of newly elected BJP MP Arjun Singh, who was earlier with the TMC.
She reiterated her stand that she wants everyone to stay together, be they Bengalis or non-Bengalis and alleged it was only a few non-Bengali goons from other states who created trouble here.
"Those outsider ‘gaddars’ created fear and committed a lot of terror under the leadership of two ‘gaddars’. I hate the BJP with all my heart. I believe in ‘Saare jahan se achha, Hindustan hamara," she said.
"Modi Babu, please run the government. But if you think that you will impose President’s Rule here by setting up a terror factory, you are mistaken," she added.
The Chief Minister also effected massive administrative reshuffle in the IAS and IPS vital posts after the election model code of conduct lapsed on Sunday as Alapan Bandyopadhyay was elevated to the post of State Home Secretary, while eleven District Magistrates have been reshuffled. Several of them got back their old districts, while some of the IPS officers, who had been shunted by the ECI, have been reinstated.
IPS Anuj Sharma got his Kolkata Police Commissioner post back, Gyanwant Singh (IPS) was made ADG (law and order) and Nishat Pervez became new Police commissioner at Bidhannagar.
Controversial former Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar, accused of suppressing vital information in relation to Saradha chit fund scam, was also given his old post ADG/CID. The ECI posted him to Union Home Department in New Delhi.
about her decision not to attend Modi's swearing-in, she said, "The BJP’s claim of 54 party workers being killed in political violence is untrue. There are no such records with my government, and therefore, due to BJP’s politics over the issue, I am compelled to pull out of the event."
“Congratulations, new Prime Minister, Narendra Modi Ji. It was my plan to accept the ‘Constitutional invitation’ and attend the oath-taking ceremony. However, I am seeing media reports that the BJP are claiming 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal. This is completely untrue. There have been no political murder in Bengal. These deaths may have occurred due to personal enmity, family quarrels and other disputes; nothing related to politics. There is no such record with us,” Banerjee tweeted.
“So, I am sorry, Narendra Modi Ji, this has compelled me not to attend the ceremony. The ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party which uses it as an opportunity to score political points. Please excuse me,” she said.
Meanwhile, resentment is brewing quick and fast in the rank and file of the BJP and its grassroots ally RSS for inducting TMC MLA Manirul Islam into the saffron brigade as some party leaders have already threatened to quit.
Manirul Islam, a legislator from Labhpur in trouble-torn Birbhum district, joined the BJP on Wednesday in New Delhi in presence of Kailash Vijavargiya and Mukul Roy.
Birbhum district BJP general secretary Kalosona Mondal has threatened to quit the party if the senior leadership did not ponder over the matter and get out such Legislator from the organisation.
North Bengal RSS leader Pradip Chanda accused Manirul Islam of fomenting communal elements throughout his political career and now joined the BJP.
"After our canvassing people from all faiths, castes and communities voted the BJP candidates and discarded so called pseudo-secular candidates and now the party is open to communal element," Chanda remarked. (UNI)