Mamata defiant; not to link mobile with Aadhar, says does not mind deactivation

TMC core committee meeting
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
Kolkata
25 Oct 2017

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee today accused the Centre of encroaching into the private life of citizens by asking them to link their Aadhar cards with their mobile numbers and said that she herself would defy that even at the risk of deactivation of her number. Mamata announced this at a meeting of the extended core committee of Trinamool Congress held at Nazrul Mancha.

Almost the entire leadership of the party down to block levels was present at the meeting that was held to chalk out a strategy for the party ahead of panchayat polls scheduled early next year. This is the first major party meeting of the TMC after senior leader and MP Mukul Roy left it. ``When they asked people to link Aadhar cards with bank account number we accepted that. Now they want Aadhar cards to be linked with our mobile number and this is highly unacceptable. Won't they allow us to have some privacy? This way they will be able to have access to conversation between a husband and his wife. I myself will never allow this even if they disconnect my number,'' Mamata said.

Keeping in mind the presence of workers and leaders who were still sitting on the fence and might be toying with the idea to join Mukul Roy, the chief minister said that those who wanted to leave the party were free to do that. ``If you do not believe in the ideals of Trinamool Congress please leave it. Other leaders will grow. I won't brook any internal squabble..if you have any problem at the block level the block president should be informed. Everything should be solved internally and amicably. I get to know everything of my party happening at every corner of the state and I cannot be fooled,'' Mamata said.

The TMC supremo also said that the party was ready to go all out to oppose the economic policies of the BJP-led government at the Centre. Taking a potshot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she spoke of how people are afraid of the word "mitron" these days. Mamata also urged all party workers to start the campaign against demonetisation in all the blocks in the state from 8 November till 15 December. “I request every Trinamool block president to start the campaign against demonetisation from 8 November. We consider it as black day and I urge Trinamool Congress workers to hit the streets protesting the economic policies of the government,” Mamata said.

Giving an appeal to everyone to highlight the "evils of GST" and corruption at the Centre, she said: "We told the Centre not to implement GST early, but the Centre hurriedly implemented it, which later proved to be a blunder.”Mamata also warned party workers that the BJP would try to disrupt the protest by party workers and try to create a division among leaders. To battle that strategy, she said the party needs to be united in their battle against BJP and not allow it to strengthen its base in Bengal.

“During the Assembly elections too, BJP tried to create disturbances in various areas, but despite that, people voted for Trinamool Congress. They can try such strategies in Bihar, but Bengal’s soil is different and we won't allow communal disharmony to affect the social fabric of the state. I urge panchayat members, MPs and MLAs to coordinate in their efforts to oust BJP from the Centre," she said.