Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today attacked the TMC government over law and order in West Bengal, claiming that women, people and even policemen are not safe in the state and also questioned its version on the recent violence in Malda.
Singh also took a dig at the Mamata Banerjee government over its global business summit held earlier this month and said that holding such programmes will not be able to bring in investments in the state unless the government improves law and order and ensures good governance.
Despite TMC’s slogan for ushering in change, “‘Ma-mati-manush’ (mother, earth and people) and even police are not secure in West Bengal. The TMC government has not been able to bring in any change in Bengal,” Singh told a BJP rally here in poll-bound West Bengal.
Referring to the violence in Malda, he refuted Chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s statement that it was a result of tussle between BSF officials and locals.
“The incident in Malda is not a small incident. I want to tell the TMC government that the Malda case should be solved. Whoever may be involved in the incident should be arrested. Only few arrests can’t solve the case,” he said.
The union home minister said “It is being said that the (Malda) violence was a result of tussle between BSF and locals. But it is not true. Are they (state government) trying to safeguard those forces which attacked the BSF official?
“Will those who attacked BSF roam free? This is the same BSF which had given befitting reply to Pakistani forces in the Indo-Pak border,” Singh said.
Responding to Singh’s attack, TMC national spokesperson Derek O’Brien said, “Mr Rajnath Singh, Malda is your creation. As the home minister of the country you should not be on a mission to stoke communal tension.
“The country knows this is a well known tactic BJP uses when elections are at hand. And all this coming from a central government which is running the nation using ‘agencies’ to pursue its own cynical agenda.,” he added.
“You are using a political meeting to threaten the state. Which Home Minister with a conscience would do that?”, he said.
Seeking people’s support in the coming assembly election, which is barely a few months away, Singh said, “There will be assembly elections in West Bengal very soon. There will be change in Bengal too. I appeal to you that give us strength in the state assembly. We will do everything to change the situation in the state.
“The people from Bengal tell us that they want change. But what will they do ? Polling booths are looted. As the home minister of the country I want to assure you that you all will be able to exercise your franchise in a free and fair way,” he said adding he will tell Election Commission that the required number of central forces for Bengal will be made available.
Singh wondered how miscreants have the courage to attack police stations and beat up policemen in Bengal.
“Is this the kind of government that the people of West Bengal wanted?”
“Did the government here have no information about the rally (in Malda) and how many people will gather there? Was it not the government’s responsibility to arrange for security there?”
“If senior police officials had been present on the spot, the situation(violence) could have been averted,” he said.