Mamata rejects MHA advisory, calls West Bengal a very ‘peaceful’ state; opposition demands her resignation

Kolkata: Rejecting the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) advisory to West Bengal about “poor” law and order in the state, Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said that Centre should send such advisories to states like Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat where “several murders have been reported in the last couple of years”.
On Saturday, the MHA had sought separate reports from the West Bengal government on the ongoing doctors’ strike and on political violence which had led to the death of 160 people in the past four years.
In its advisory, the MHA said that this trend of political violence from 2016 through 2019 indicated that the law-enforcement machinery of the state had failed.
The opposition parties seconded the MHA’s advisory and demanded her resignation as Chief Minister.
Addressing a press conference Mamata claimed that West Bengal is a very “peaceful” state with no such situation.
Slamming the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, she said since the party came to power many people were killed in the state in the name of encounter.
On Gujarat, she claimed that people there are not allowed to lodge FIRs in Gujarat and speaking on the doctors’ strike, she said incidents like these happen in a democracy.
Meanwhile, after MHA’s advisory BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha demanded Mamata’s resignation saying the MHA’s advisory proves that law and order situation under TMC’s rule has deteriorated in Bengal.
Mamata is playing with fire due to which the situation has worsened so much, said CPI(M) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty and blamed both the TMC as well as BJP for this law and order situation.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC), however, accused the BJP government at the Centre of “targeting Bengal” for political reasons.
TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee claimed that goons from the BJP and CPI(M) were behind incidents of violence in the state. He further accused the Centre of deliberately targeting the state for political reasons.
As per the MHA, the number of incidents related to political violence in West Bengal increased from 509 in 2016 to 1,035 in 2018.

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