TMC to launch `BJP Quit India movement on Aug 9 Threatens to file defamation cases against Central agencies
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21 Jul 2017

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee who has been rattled by the twin investigations of ED and CBI into the alleged involvement of her party MPs and ministers into the Sharada and Narada scams, today gave a call for the ouster of BJP from the country saying the ruling party at the Centre had failed on all fronts. She also offered to back all other parties which intended to fight the BJP.

Mamata made the call today at the Martyrs' Day rally organised by the party in memory of Yuba Congress supporters killed in police firing in 1993. It was on August 9, 1942 when Mahatma Gandhi launched the Quit India movement, And today Mamata announced that the party would launch a `BJP quit India Movement', on August 9 this year and the movement will go on till August 30.  "We will oust the BJP from India. It is our challenge. The Centre is trying to browbeat us with Saradha, Narada cases, but we are not afraid of it. Several scams took place in BJP ruled states. In Madhya Pradesh there was this Vyapam scam. In Karnataka there was the coal mines scam. In Rajasthan BJP leaders indulged in scams. But I would like to know what are the ED and CBI doing there? The Sharada scam involved only Rs 1500-Rs 2000 crore. and it started in CPM regime. How many CPIM leaders were arrested?  None of us is guilty. We will not bow our heads," she told the rally.

However BJP hit back saying it would be TMC which would be ousted from Bengal itself. ``On August 9 the BJP too will launch an agitation calling for `TMC quit Bengal ', BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said. Mamata also said that the TMC would file defamation cases demanding thoudands of crores of rupees if her party leaders were harassed by the central agencies. The TMC holds a 'martyr's day' rally on July 21 every year in remembrance of 13 youth Congress activists who were killed in police firing in Kolkata in 1993. Mamata  was then a leader of the West Bengal Youth Congress. She accused the central government of not allowing state governments to work freely and trying to interefere in their affairs.

"They are not allowing the state governments to work freely. If they are an elected government, we are also an elected government. We are not their servants," she said amid applause from the audience. Mamata also said that 18 opposition parties came together and supported Opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the presidential election. "This platform has been expanded and we are also fighting together in vice presidential poll. It is just a beginning. This platform will expand in future to defeat the BJP, which thinks that it will have a cakewalk for it in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Things will not be that easy (for the BJP)," she said.

Voicing her party's support to those who will fight the BJP, she said, "West Bengal will stand besides Sonia Gandhi, Lalu Prasad, Nitish Kumar, Arvind Kejriwal and all those who will oppose the BJP." She alleged, "India's relations with foreign countries have deteriorated under BJP-led government at the Centre. Why can't it improve relations with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh, which have borders with West Bengal?"
In an obvious reference to the unrest in Darjeeling hills, Mamata said, "If you try to disturb Bengal, then it will lead to disturbance in entire India because of its geo-political position." She also accused the Centre of unleashing central agencies like the CBI and the Enforcement Ddepartment against those who had opposed demonetisation and GST roll-out in haste.

Described the prevailing situation in the country as worse than during the Emergency, she said opposition parties and a section of the media were being targeted for "speaking against" the Modi government. "We are now living in such an atmosphere as where no one can eat freely, no one can talk freely. Dalits and Muslims can't live with their self-respect. The BJP is trying to dictate everything. Even (Nobel laureate) Amartya Sen can't speak," she said. Mamata asked her party's leaders and workers to start preparing for next year's panchayat elections. "I have information that Lok Sabha polls can be advanced," she said. Claiming that the general election can be advanced, she said, "The parliamentary polls may be held next year. I have been hearing such news. We should be prepared. If all opposition parties come together, the BJP will be driven out of power in the next polls."

On the cross-voting that took place in West Bengal during the presidential poll, Banerjee blamed Left Front MLAs for voting in favour of BJP pick Ram Nath Kovind. "Both the Left and the BJP are playing a fixed match. They (Left) are claiming to fight the BJP and are now casting their votes in favour of the BJP," she said. She also announced a series of political programmes in the state in the next two months and asked her party workers to stay alert so that no untoward incident took place.
"Please remain alert. The BJP is trying to spread rumours in social media websites. Please be cautions and if you find something is wrong, inform the police," she said.

The chief minister also said that those who were involved in the police firing on July 21, 1993, that led to the death of 13 youth congress activists, would not be spared."After we came to power in 2011 we had formed a judicial commission to probe the deaths of 13 political activists on July 21, 1993. The report of the Judicial commission says that the incident was a deep-rooted conspiracy," Mamata said. "The judicial commission has recommended that those who were framed by the then state government should be released. We will withdraw all the cases. The Commission has also recommended that those who were responsible for the police firing should be booked and the state government is bound to act against them. We will not touch Jyoti Babu or Buddha babu as we respect democratic traditions and norms. But we will not spare those who were involved in firing," she said.
She also announced that the families of the victims will be given a compensation of Rs 2 lakh each.