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Mamata Banerjee demands President’s Rule in West Bengal

Mamata Banerjee has once again demanded imposition of President’s Rule in West Bengal to bring down a State government that had no respect for the women and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and the minorities.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2007 15:04 IST

Five years after Keshpur killings, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has once again demanded imposition of President’s Rule in West Bengal to bring down a State government that had no respect for the women and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and the minorities.

“This government and the CM have lost all rights to rule the State. I request the President to immediately intervene and sack this government. Constitution has a provision, which says when the women and the backward classes are unsafe in a State the Centre has the right to intervene. We have that situation here,” said Mamata Banerjee.

“Buddha’s police is attacking the women and grabbing the lands of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. We want Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to send a team and see with their own eyes what is happening in Bengal,” added Mamata.

Mamata, who is leaving for Delhi on March 19, would raise this issue in Parliament. During her stay in the capital, Mamata would also seek appointment with President APJ Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. For, despite assurances from them, the CM has not kept his word and held meeting with Mamata to resolve the Singur crisis.

According to Mamata, women are unsafe in Bengal. She strongly criticised the attack on Trinamool women leaders on Tuesday morning at Chandipur in Nandigram by the CPI(M) cadres. Mamata said, women in Bengal, including her, are manhandled and badly beaten up by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s police for participating in democratic movements.

Mamata said people have lost their fundamental right to protect their lands, as this government was using the draconian 1894 Land Acquisition Act and the administration to forcibly acquire lands for industries.

“Things have reached such a stage that Haradhan Bag who did not want to give his land in Singur for setting up the Tata Motors plant committed suicide on Monday. Months before, a young girl was burnt alive in Singur for participating in movements against acquisition of lands in Singur,” said Mamata. “If there is farmer suicide in Maharashtra, the PM rushes there, why can’t he come here too.”

Mamata argued that the Centre couldn’t deny its responsibilities towards the States. “It is high time that Centre restrains the Left Front government in Bengal. Or else, there will be a civil war in Bengal. Buddha is heading for trouble by misusing his police and making provocative statements,” Mamata alleged.

“The Parliament is in session and this issue must be immediately raised in the Lok Sabha. We want that government should come out with a comprehensive plan of action to ensure that the 1894 Land Acquisition Act is not misused. Also, the Centre should set up a commission for proper utilisation of land and protect the agricultural lands from being grabbed for setting up of industries,” said Mamata.

An agitated Mamata said, the farmers’ suicide is one problem in Bengal. No less important is the starvation deaths in the tea gardens of North Bengal. “Men and women are dying without food and some unable to bear the inhuman situation are committing suicides. But this State government is blind, it is doing nothing for them,” said Mamata.

“This is a devil’s government headed by an arrogant CM, who loves misusing the Sec 14 Cr PC to curtail democratic movements and activities of the Opposition parties. He has no right to rule. Centre should sack him,” argued Mamata.

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