West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday led a ‘padayatra’ or foot march in Siliguri to protest towards rising gas costs, together with that of LPG cylinders, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed his first rally in Kolkata earlier than the meeting elections within the jap state to be held later this month.
Banerjee began the march from Siliguri’s Darjeeling Extra round 2pm and was accompanied by 1000’s of supporters and her cupboard colleague Chandrima Bhattacharya and Trinamool Congress’ lawmakers Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan. The chief minister and others have been seen carrying cardboard replicas of LPG cylinders as she led the protest, which is being seen as a counter to PM Modi’s massive rally at the Brigade Parade Ground within the state’s capital metropolis.
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“The Prime Minister should reply why the costs of LGP, petrol and diesel have gone up. The Bengal authorities supplies free rice to the folks however they must spend ₹900 to purchase an LPG cylinder,” she stated whereas addressing the rally in Bengali. “The Prime Minister says there will likely be poriborton (change in Bengali) in Bengal. There gained’t be any change in Bengal and Trinamool Congress will proceed within the state. There will likely be a poriborton in Delhi. You’ll have to go,” she stated.
State minister Bhattacharya stated the march was organised forward of Worldwide Ladies’s Day and that scores of girls have prolonged their help, information company ANI stated.
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“BJP is looting folks by often mountaineering LPG costs. Ladies have been hit the toughest and I am disgusted on the Centre’s lack of intent to chop taxes and reduce their burden. In protest, right this moment I will be main an all-women michil at Siliguri. REDUCE LPG PRICES NOW!” Banerjee tweeted earlier than the march.
Banerjee had final month warned the Centre of launching an even bigger protest if it doesn’t cut back the costs of gas. “The costs of gas have been elevated by double even when the crude oil costs have lowered by 50 per cent within the worldwide market. If they don’t cut back the costs we’ll begin an even bigger protest. Farmers are already agitating on the streets. If the frequent folks additionally come to the streets, then Modi babu can’t do something. Intimidating with businesses won’t work,” she informed reporters, based on ANI.
She additionally drove an electrical scooter to journey to her residence in Kalighat from state secretariat ‘Nabanna’ in Howrah as a mark of protest towards the gas worth hike.
In Kolkata, the Prime Minister launched a scathing assault on Banerjee, saying West Bengal relied on her for ushering in a change however she broke folks’s belief and insulted them. “Bengal relied on Mamata Didi for change. However Didi and her cadre broke this belief. These folks broke the belief of Bengal. These folks insulted Bengal and tortured the sisters and daughters right here. However these folks couldn’t break the hope and braveness of the folks within the state,” he stated.
He additionally stated there’s the TMC, Left and Congress on one facet and the folks of West Bengal on the opposite facet. “The dream of ‘Sonar Bangla’ will likely be fulfilled. I’ve come right here right this moment to guarantee you of Bengal’s improvement, to extend funding right here, to guard Bengal’s tradition and to carry change,” he added.
West Bengal meeting elections will likely be held in eight phases from March 27 and finish on April 29. Votes will likely be counted on Could 2. The Trinamool Congress is dealing with a resurgent Bharatiya Janata Social gathering, which made deep inroads within the jap state within the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. The BJP gained 18 seats out of the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal and the TMC’s tally was lowered to 22. A assured BJP is concentrating on over 200 seats within the 294-member meeting this 12 months.
(With company inputs)