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Mamata steps in to tame ‘artificial’ crisis in Bengal

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, November 19, 2013
First Published: 10:41 IST(19/11/2013) | Last Updated: 10:44 IST(19/11/2013)

Ruffled by the consequent shortage of essential commodities such as onions and potatoes along with rumours of a salt crisis, chief minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed her MLAs to be cautious against such rumour-mongering and added that it is a ploy to discredit her government by some unscrupulous people with vested interests.

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With the winter session of the assembly set to begin from Tuesday, Mamata held a meeting with her MLAs a day before to chalk out plans for issues to be raised in the assembly and outside.

State commerce and industry minister Partha Chatterjee told media persons later in the day that the Trinamool supremo instructed her MLAs to step up vigilance to prevent the markets from spinning out of control.

“There is no scarcity of potatoes or salt in Bengal. Some unscrupulous people are trying to discredit the government by spreading such rumours. The chief minister instructed us to be cautious against such rumour mongering. She also fears there may be rumours on onion prices rising. She has instructed us to maintain vigil in the markets,” Chatterjee said.

“The chief minister also instructed us not to be instigated by opposition MLAs. She told us to maintain order in the assembly. We should reach out to the people and propagate the good work done by the government. The MLAs should do their homework on various bills to be introduced in the assembly and participate in debates,” Chatterjee added.

At another event in the city on Monday, Mamata instructed her ministers to either speed up developmental schemes or step down from their posts.

Political circles feel the tirade was directed towards animal resources development minister Nure Alam Choudhury.


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