10 May, 2013
Historic Win of State Election Commission
Stand of the State Government gone for a sixer in the High Court
The Panchayat Election of 2013 became uncertain – thanks to the present government’s wish to control the election from start to end – flouting all kinds of norms and procedure of democratic system.
Anticipating large scale rigging and violence by Trinamul Congress, as done by CPM in earlier Panchayat Election, Congress from the very beginning had urged the State Election Commission (SEC) to:
- Minimum 3-phase election without any interference of the State Government
- Deployment of Central Armed Force to conduct free & fair election
- Protection of Congress candidates from Trinamul goons from the time of nominations to the result declaration
We have appreciated the independent stand of the SEC to concede the importance of the Congress demands, which they had duly placed to the State Government. Most unfortunately the State Government, in an autocratic manner, rejected all the proposals of the SEC and announced the unrealistic 2-phase election dates unanimously. State Government also rejected the proposal of deployment of Central Armed Force. SEC went to the High Court to seek protection of the free and fair democratic process in Bengal.
Today’s verdict of High Court gave positive seal to the democratic process of the land – in which Trinamul Congress does not have any believe. The most autocratic and most corrupt party in today’s Bengal – They have already surpassed the misdeeds of erstwhile CPM.
This is most unfortunate that despite the defeat in the High Court, the State Government has decided to ignore the verdict in favour of democratic process. It has decided to prolong the democratic uncertainty further with an appeal to the division bench of High Court.
It is crystal clear that the present State Government and Trinamul Congress party, led by Smt. Mamata Banerjee, are no way ready to face the people of Bengal and wanted to defer the Panchayat Election indefinitely.
People of Bengal will not forgive Trinamul Congress for creating the constitutional crisis in Bengal – will not tolerate the autocratic rule of the government.
8 May, 2013
Another Ploy to Divert Attention from “Cheat Fund” Scam
TMC is playing with the sentiments of poor people
In an attempt to divert public outrage over “Cheat-Fund” scam, Chief Minister Ms. Mamata Banerjee has announced the launching of a government sponsored ‘small savings scheme’. Further she has complicated the issue (as usual) when she said “it would be a Social Security Scheme for common public”.
She said the details of the scheme would be given to a specially created website of finance ministry – which will be available for one month in public domain for open discussions.
Prior to going through the model of the scheme - several pertinent questions arise:
- Will it be a ‘small savings scheme’ or ‘social security scheme’? Concept of either one is different to the other. One is contributory and other should be benevolent. Further explanation on this account is required from the government.
- If it is a ‘small savings scheme’ – then what would be the rate of interest? Will the interest be higher than Banks or small savings schemes of Post Office?
If yes – then how the government will arrange higher return than the Banks?
If not – then why people will be interested in it at all?
- After collecting funds from the public – where the money will be invested for an assured, higher return? The agriculture and industrial sectors in the State are not growing at all and cannot give such return. The private ‘cheat funds’ used the high risk areas like movie (cinema) making, land promoting, etc. Will the government also try their luck in such areas? Or invest Bengal’s money elsewhere in India or abroad?
- The market borrowings of this government were Rs. 22,500 crore in 2011-12 and Rs. 20,500 crore in 2012-13. If the State Government is sure to invest fund and earn high return, then why the government is unable to manage or limit their own market borrowings which are taken at high rate of interest?
- The State Government gets about 80% as soft loan of the amount collected in the Small Savings Schemes of Central Government – mainly through post office savings schemes. In 2010-12 it was Rs. 12,000 crore in West Bengal – which has come down to only Rs. 170 crore last year – thanks to the Trinamul Congress sponsored ‘cheat fund’ operators. Why the State Government is not enthusiastic to promote the post office savings – may be with extra incentives? Ultimately it will help the economy of the State only – with easy availability of low interest soft loan for the development of the State.
- Without getting approval from RBI and SEBI, such money collection business, even by a State Government, cannot be legal.
- Is it not a ridiculous idea that poor people of West Bengal will be able to communicate through web site to know the proposals or give opinion. It is a hoax of highest order by a government of Ma Mati Manush.
- Clarification by the Chief Minister on these points immediately – so that common people are not fooled.
- CBI Investigation of the Saradha scam – to catch the big leaders behind the curtains.
- Support to the poor people and un-suspecting investors - instead of supporting & protecting the culprits, many of whom are ruling party leaders.
14 February, 2013
In a gruesome mob violence created by TMC activists and armed goons, police sub-inspector Tapas Chowdhury was shot and murdered in broad day light in Garden Reach area by assailants under the direct instigation and presence of Trinamool Congress leader Mohammed Iqbal alias Munna,
Important minister of TMC government, who claims to be very close to the Chief Minister, Mr. Firhad Hakim recklessly, has tried to put the blame on Congress. Only due to electronic media footage such ill-motivated conspiracy of Mr. Hakim has failed to take root. The TMC minister, who has direct involvement with Mohammed Iqbal alias Munna, had earlier said that he did not believe that Iqbal was in anyway involved in the incident and tried his best to influence the police investigations.
"He has no business to do that", West Bengal governor MK Narayanan said today when asked to comment on the TMC Minister Firhad Hakim's alleged bid to shield TMC councillor & borough Chairman Md Iqbal from arrest for gunning down Special Branch sub-inspector Tapas Chowdhury on February 12.
WBPCC President Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya has demanded immediate order of CBI inquiry in the gruesome murder and said "the State has entered an unprecedented era of lawlessness under the present TMC government. The Chief Minister has failed in all fronts to lead Bengal. Her trusted Ministers are now the source of violence and anarchy in the society. Most importantly the administration and the police forces are not allowed to work impartially. This is a dark time for Bengal."
8 February, 2013
Conspiracy launched by the Murshidabad district administration at the behest of TMC party - to derail the DCC mass administration lead by Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.
A Congress worker Safikul Haque was inhumanly tortured and murdered by police at the lock-up in Berhampur. Murshidabad DCC called a peaceful mass demonstration to protest the police atrocities under the present TMC regime.
Senior leaders like Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Abdul Mannan, Mannan Hossain, Mohamad Sohrab, Avijit Mukherjee were present in the mass rally of more than 20000 people.
Unfortunately the District Magistrate refused to meet the delegation – with a planned conspiracy to insult, incite and provoke the Congress workers to create a situation of lawlessness. However the conspiracy was not successful as the Congress leaders have competently controlled the emotions of the assembled congress workers.
See the full report of the incident
29 January, 2013
Bye Election in three assembly constituencies to be held on 23rd February, 2013
Bye elections in Rejinagar, Nalhati & English Bazar assembly constituencies will be held on 23rd February 2013. Congress has fielded local people to contest the elections and is confident of winning the seats – despite the activities of betrayal and violence by a section of Trinamul activists.
WBPCC president Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya has announced that Abdul Rehman (Liton) will contest the election from Nalhati and Narendra Nath Tiwari from English Bazar while Rabiul Alam Choudhury will be the candidate from Rejinagar.
20th January, 2013
Jaipur Conclave of AICC
Rahul Gandhi is going to lead Congress in coming days
At the Congress' Chintan Shivir in Jaipur, the party has come out with a 56-page declaration in which it stated that the Congress will boldly and fearlessly take on political parties which are non-secular, anti-reform, elitist, parochial, sectarian or exclusionary. The declaration said that the party will go into elections on the basis of secular nationalism, social justice and economic growth for all. Special attention will be given for the benefits of the aam aadmi including the middle income group. The secular fabric of the society has to be protected at any cost. Congress will not compromise with the economic reforms and development agenda – despite opposition by the parties with vested interests.
The declaration stated that the party will go all out for fighting corruption – from all strata of the society including at the bureaucratic and political levels.
Re-committing itself to representing India's growth agenda, the party acknowledged that there is a rising educated and inspirational middle class, especially in urban areas and it will continue to create new opportunities for them.
10th January, 2013
Writers' Chalo Demonstration by Congress.
A congregation of more than 1 lakh people - Demand of AIIMS at Raigaunj has shaken the Trinamool Congress Government.
29th December, 2012
The scheduled mass meeting of WBPCC in support of FDI in retail has been altered into a meeting of condolence due to the sad demise of the Delhi rape victim.
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President, expressing deep sorrow and anguish, said that such heinous crime should be obliterated from our society. He further said that her death will not go in vein as the whole country has taken a vow to eliminate such cancer from the society. Exemplary punishments to the perpetrators should be carried out to deter such barbaric act.
While whole of India is rising to protest such social ill, it is distressing to note that in our State the incidents of rape are not taken seriously by the present government. In Bengal crimes against women are rising alarmingly. This is the time to take a solemn resolve to stop all kind of crimes against women. Unless immediate actions are taken against the culprits, the trend can not be reversed.
21th November, 2012
"Haldia Cholo" by Pradesh Congress
On the call of Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya MP, President of WBPCC, a huge public meeting was organized at Haldia. Congress wanted to draw attention to the anti - industry policy of TMC government. In recent times the tyranny of TMC goons has destroyed the work culture of Haldia port – a life line of business in eastern India. TMC MPs and activists are only interested to loot the port instead of creating an environment of investment in the economy of Bengal. More than fifty thousands of Congress workers were gathered in the meeting to protest the TMC mis-rule and atrocities conducted by their leaders.
The meeting saw rejuvenated Congress workers listening to their leaders in a disciplined manner. WBPCC leaderships including Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, Smt. Deepa Dasmunshi, Dr. Manas Ranjan Bhunia and others addressed the meeting. All of them asserted that future of Bengal is now lying with Congress. People of Bengal are already fed-up with the tyranny and mis-rule of the present rudderless government – they want peace & progress with Congress.
True to their present reputation, TMC goons attacked Congress workers when they were returning home from the meeting. The barbaric attack at Nandakumar Crossing, in the presence of local police amply displayed the present state of lawlessness in Bengal.
16th November, 2012
Congress demands immediate impartial enquiry
Another police atrocity committed by Mamata Banerjee Government.
Trigger happy police opens fire on innocent people at Tehatta, Nadia. One more innocent life is lost.
Bengal enters an era of police cruelty & tyranny of TMC regime.
10th November, 2012
Meeting of Congress to protest unjustified police firing at Loba village, Dubrajpur in Bhirbhum district.
CBI probe demanded
A strong delegation lead by Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President WBPCC, and accompanied by Abdul Mannan, Dr. Maya Ghosh, Dr. Susovan Banerjee, Syed Siraj Jimmi and many others visited Suri hospital to see the wounded people of police firing on residents of Loba village. The Delegation also visited the policemen who were injured in the early morning clash.
Later the delegation went to Loba village where the clash between policemen and villagers took place. Local people in thousands were waiting for the Congress leaders and shouted slogans welcoming the delegation.
In the ensuing meeting, one after another local villagers described in vivid details the atrocities contributed by the police.
Abdul Mannan and Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya spoke at the meeting - demanding CBI probe in the inhuman barbaric attack of police on the villagers and also assured the local people all help and support on their struggle against the mischievous plan of the present government to allow the coal mining by EMTA - displacing thousands of farmers.
1st October, 2012
22nd September, 2012
It is a sad day in the history of Bengal. After 34 years of misrule of CPM, Congress-TMC alliance forced Left regime out of power. People of Bengal wanted the alliance to rule the state for next 5 years at least - to improve the standard of life.
Instead TMC wanted to rule India with 19 MPs and took destiny of Bengal as a stake. And as a pure opportunist party – TMC ditched the partner midway. It was a politics of misadventure.
Historically TMC has never completed its committed terms of association with its allies ever!. No marriage was successful. Result was enumerable flip-flops of TMC from Congress and BJP - people lost count of it. Aya Ram & gaya Ram - or should we say aya Sita & gaya Sita?
With less than 3.5% of people's representatives in India - TMC talk about "Aam Admi" - what a fallacy!!!
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is a mild man - but a leader of indomitable spirit and integrity. Once he took India out of imminent blackout of economy disaster. Now again he is in his 2nd innings is rescuing Indian economy.
His position: Interest of the nation is more important than electoral (vote) opportunism.
That is where Congress is different from all these opportunistic parties.
17th September, 2012
"Congress condemns the unethical Bandh called by opportunistic, combined forces of BJP and CPM. Facts reveals the double standards and political bankruptcy."
12 September, 2012
Union Minister Mr. Kapil Sibal addressed the media at Kolkata at the Congress head quarter 'Bidhan Bhavan' - on the subject of CAG Report on Coal and BJP's unholi agenda to paralyze the parliament.
He said "BJP has taken the nation and its parliamentary democratic system at ransom to further their selfish party interest. They have avoided the debate on the CAG report only because they knew that a debate will reveal the fact that it was BJP who actually did not want competitive bidding in coal block allocations."
4 September, 2012
Dengue epidemic in Kolkata & Salt Lake is getting worst day by day. Government is busy in hiding facts when people are dying. It's a shame for Bengal. When women were raped Ms. Mamata Banerjee said nothing happened. Now everyday people are dying – she says there is no dengue epidemic. Minister Firhad (Bobby) Hakim advised people that nothing can be done as "this is a natural annual phenomenon". Junior Minister of Health Ms. Chandrima does not have a clue about the epidemic and the required course of action. Her records do not match with those of the newspapers – and even not with the Kolkata Corporation. Mayor Shovan Chatterjee asks people to visit health centers of KMC – which are run by paramedics and mostly are in pathetic conditions. Mr. Hakim's son had dengue and was treated in a 5 star private hospital. What a state of the State of Bengal – in the hands of a bunch of careless, inefficient people!!!
Misinformation from the administration is the most prominent achievement now.
24 August, 2012
Public Meeting of Congress at Singur - to address the plights of the farmers
In a huge public meeting of Singur farmers and local people, organized by Hoogly District Congress Committee, Congress urged for immediate amicable settlement of the land fiasco at the Tata project area – instead of long drawn court battle.
The meeting was attended by senior Congress leaders including Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, Adhir Choudhury, Abdul Mannan, Shankar Singh, Ajoy De, Amitabha Chakraborty, Debabrata Basu, Dr. Maya Ghosh, Asit Mitra and many others.
Leaders in their speeches criticized the policy of Ms. Mamata Banerjee to push the land dispute into a legal battle – which may take years to resolve. The sufferings of local people of Singur thus continue – neither they are getting back their land nor they are getting the opportunity of a job at the proposed industry. There is a total lack of transparency – what the present State Government wants to do with the land allocated to TATA MOTORS.
The financial dole (Rs. 2000 per month) to the selective few 'unwilling' farmers is a political gimmick – aimed only for the party supporters – and will not solve the actual problem at the grass-root level.
17, August, 2012
Addressing a press conference today, Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya stated that:
1. Indian National Congress has decided to re-instate 10 former leaders of Congress who were under suspension due to anti party stand during the last assembly election. It is important to note that Congress being a disciplined party, had suspended several leaders who stood against the alliance with TMC. But TMC, instead of showing ethical stand, took the opportunistic method of inviting the suspended leaders in their fold. These 10 leaders have shown their undisputed allegiance to Congress - hence such decision was taken by WBPCC.
2. There are several instances of attacks on Congress workers in recent days. There is alarming tendency amongst the State police to file false cases against the Congress workers and leaders. Even district Congress Presidents are subjected to false cases by police. To protest such tyranny by the police, WBPCC has decided to organize demonstration in front of police station throughout West Bengal on 24th August, 2012.
15 August, 2012
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya strongly condemns the anti-constitutional remarks made by the Chief Minister of Bengal Ms. Mamata Banerjee on the sacred floor of the
West Bengal Legislative Assembly.
He said: "The Chief Minister is under oath to protect the Indian Constitution. Instead she castigated the Judiciary as "Corrupt" – and instigated people not to have trust on judiciary. Indian Constitution is one of the greatest systems of democratic governance – which have passed through test of time during last 65 years.// The Constitution has three pillars of strength – Legislature, Executive and Judiciary. All three have their respective duties and mutual respect for the others. Ms. Banerjee is part of the Legislature. And as the Chief Minister she is the head of the Executive in the State. Her blatant remark against the judiciary as a whole is a clear sign of un-constitutional element in her approach."
Further Prof. Bhattacharya observes that: "When she said that "justice and judgment are bought by money" – she has the moral responsibility, as the head of the Executive of the State, to identify such cases and should prove her remarks with hard facts. Otherwise she should unconditionally apologize not only to the Institution of Judiciary but also to the people. She is not above the law of the country and she has no moral authority to mislead the people with her whims and fancy." //
9 August, 2012
WBPCC observed “Shahid Diwas” (Martyr’s Day)
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya said: 9th August denotes “Quit India” movement called by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942. Indian National Congress fought for India’s freedom for 62 years and since independence still fighting for people’s welfare for last 65 years.
Gandhiji promoted the concept of “power to people” and Congress was committed to transfer the power base to the villages of India. Indira Gandhi, thus introduced 20 point programme for the people. Later Rajiv Gandhi enacted “Panchayati Raj” bill to give power to the grass-root people.
//Unfortunately today’s Bengal is observing a reverse process initiated by Trinamul Congress. Power of ‘Panchayats’ are being seized and local bureaucrats (BDOs) are being made as the “Boss” of the village. What a shame !!!
It is now proved that TMC does not believe in the rule of people – they believe in the “rule of bureaucrats and party supporters”. The concept of “power to people” has unceremoniously resisted by the present regime of TMC – as had been done by the Left forces earlier.//
6, August, 2012
Vice Presidential election on 7th August, 2012
UPA nominee Hamid Ansari is a clear favorite to win the election.
The election for the post of Vice President has proved the solidarity of UPA II government.
It also gathered supports from its allies including SP, BSP, RJD and many others.
The Left has also extended their support.
A total of 788 Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs are eligible to vote in the poll to elect the 14th Vice President. Congress leadership is confident that 75-year-old Ansari is set to get at least 500 votes – an overwhelming majority.
It will be a fitting reply to the BJP adventurism.
CONGRESS FOR INDIA – INDIA FOR CONGRESS
9 July, 2012
BJP should take a humble lesson from the UPA presidential candidate
Shri Pranab Mukherjee – how to behave like a true statesman, fit to be the next President of India.
When asked to comment on Shri P A Sangma’s caustic remarks against him,
Shri Mukherjee said “I will not make any comment or remark on other candidate of Presidential poll. I will not bring down the dignity of the highest post of the Country. Moreover my rival candidate is an honourable man.”
Anyone can see the difference in approach between Congress and BJP.
9 July 2012
Atrocities against women in West Bengal
Worsening situation under the 1st Woman Chief Minister
- Pinky Pramanik - Internationally famed athlete put to public humiliation by the Home (police) Department
- Guria – deaf & dumb girl raped, murdered and buried in a Home for destitute
- Girl of Class V at Pathbhavan – Forced to drink urine
- Many many other such cases
We are ashamed that Bengal now tops the “Crime Against Women” list in India.
8 July 2012
Singur Land Issue
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya (President WBPCC) insists that an all Party Meeting should be called to discuss the complex problems of all farmers - beyond petty politics and ego problems of TMC hierarchy. Congress urges on amicable solution to all farmers and laborers – whether 'willing' or 'unwilling' – without looking at the colour of the people.
Only charity cannot restore self-respect of the farmers. Court battle cannot provide actual relief to the poorest of poor. Political lectures cannot remove the pain and tears of the farmers.
23 June, 2012
Pranab Mukherjee, while visiting his ancestral village in Birbhum, urged all political parties, who have not yet been decided on their preference on the coming Presidential election, to support his candidature.
He said ”There is a whelming majority of political parties who have already extended support to my candidature. Except one political party of UPA – all the UPA constituents have extended support. And several NDA parties and other political parties also have extended support. I am grateful to all of them. I sincerely seek support from the political parties and the electorates who have not yet decided on their preference.”
Further he said “I will resign from my post of Finance Minister on 26 June, 2012 and also I will resign from the membership of Congress and AICC. My campaigning for supporting my candidature will be as an Indian individual – seeking support from all.”
The stand reveals again the great statesmanship of the undisputed leader of Bengal and India – who epitomized the value based politics.
23, June 2012
Bengali intellectuals & social activists whole-heartedly support the Pranab Babu’s candidature as the next President of India.
Prof. Hossainur Rahman, R. K. Mohanty, Pradip Tarafder, Pravin Banu and many others expressed their happiness that Pranab Mukherjee has been nominated as the 13th President of Indian Republic.
Prof. Rahman, an undisputed intellectual personality of Bengal said:
” Pranab Babu, despite being a thorough Bengali, has inculcated a true ‘Indianness’ – which is the hallmark of all great leaders of our nation. His political life of 42 years has established him as an undisputed national leader – acceptable to all cross sections of Indian polity. In today’s world of fractured regionalism, it is a remarkable feat.
Towards the election of the highest post of Indian democracy, narrow political angles should be avoided – giving precedence to greater value system.”
15, June 2012 (2-30 PM)
CLP propose to withdraw from the Alliance Government in Bengal:
Congress Legislative Party met today and decided unanimously that it is no more proper to stay within the present government of Trinamul Congress. The attitude of Trinamul Congress towards Congress in the State is humiliating to say the least.
Ms. Mamata Banerjee's refusal to back the nomination of Shri Pranab Mukherjee as the Next President of India is seen as betrayal not only to the UPA alliance but also to the sentiments of Bengalies.
Congress Legislature Party leader Mohammad Sohrab said they were writing to the Congress high command that the relationship between Congress and TMC had become inoperable due to TMC highhandedness and working together has become very difficult. "When there is no love lost between the two parties, when there is total mistrust, we don't think State Congress should carry on with the burden of an alliance. High command may permit us to withdraw from the government'' Sohrab said today.
14, June 2012
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharrya President WBPCC strongly condemns the negative stand taken by Ms. Mamata Banerjee and her party on the nomination of Shri Pranab Mukherjee as the next President of India.
He says "it is a pure case of betraying the sentiments of all Bengali people and indulgence in small politics – resorting to an unhealthy process of blackmailing the UPA government. Her unethical and unprecedented move to propose the name of the Prime Minister as the next President of India is a sign of political bankruptcy. WBPCC strongly condemns such double standard of opportunistic politics. People of Bengal will never tolerate and forget the great betrayal to Shri Pranab Mukherjee perpetuated by Trinamul Congress"
9 June, 2012
GTA Agreement and Shyamal Sen Committee Report
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President WBPCC has expressed his concern on the strong resentment of GJM on the Report of Shyamal Sen Committee. He has requested the state government to call an "All Party Meeting" to take the stock of the situation.
He said "Congress has all along advocated for peaceful solution to the imbroglio in the Hills. Aspirations of the people of Darjeeling should be met with sympathy and development programmes. Since the initiatives of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1986, Congress has always acted positively towards the aspirations of the people of Hills – who are integral part of Bengal. Left Front government on the other hand tried to inflict politics instead of solutions to the problem. Today's development requires a resolute and responsible response from all quarters – keeping small political interest at bay. The State Government should call an "All Party Meeting" immediately to discuss the issue – which they have not carried out so far.
05 June, 2012
Congress wins Coopers’ Camp municipal poll with a thumping majority. President of Nadia DCC Shri Sankar Singh exhibited organizational strength and relevance of Congress as a political force in Bengal. In Nalhati Congress fought bravely against all odds of TMC in one hand and CPM on the other hand. In all the six municipalities where Congress fought the poll on their own, have shown credible fighting spirit with enthusiastic response from the voters.
Congress went to the election without any alliance with TMC – due to arrogant and high-handed attitude of TMC. The process seems to be a blessing in disguise – providing a tremendous boost to the Congress workers and the organization in the state.
4 June, 2012
New Delhi : Extended CWC meeting
Congress President Sonia Gandhi today asked partymen to stop wasting their energy on factionalism and petty issues and prepare themselves unitedly for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Telling partymen that unity is the need of the hour, she said the strength of the organisation would grow doubly if partymen use half the energy that they waste on factionalism and petty issues.
"This is a test for us as a Congress worker - not to understand this will be a big mistake. It is a matter of caution, warning and challenge for all," Sonia Ji said.
The Congress President said she was confident that partymen could take on any challenge but "the only condition is that we do not demoralise them (the party workers) in our political game."
In his speech, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the "situation may be difficult but we would be able to retrieve. We will retrieve the situation. We have done it in the past".
WBPCC chief Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya was critical about the allies like TMC because the state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has so far not shown any decency of partnership towards State Congress party despite the party being part of the government.
He was also critical of her role at Centre for "behaving like an opposition leader" despite being a key constituent of Congress-led UPA II government and interested only in getting all sorts of benefits.
25 May 2012
Trinamul atrocities continue across Bengal – Congress workers are the main target for coming municipal elections:
Deepa Dasmunshi MP at the hospital to
see injured Manoj Paria
Mahitosh Giri at the
hospital after the brutal
attack by Trinamul goons
Attacks on Congress candidates and workers are recklessly continuing by the Trinamul goons in different parts of Bengal – in connection with the coming municipal election.
Last Wednesday night Trinamul activists and goondas attacked the house of Congress candidate Smt. Jharna Giri for ward No. 25 in Haldia municipality. Husband of Smt. Giri Shri Mahitosh Giri, her election agent Shri Manojit Padia, Mangal Bera and several other congress workers were mercilessly beaten up by the Trinamul supporters. Several of them are admitted with serious injuries in different hospitals of Tamluk and Kolkata.
WBPCC President Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya and Smt. Dipa Dasmunshi MP condemned the attack saying “Trinamul terror is just like the CPM terror – which we have experienced in last 34 years.” WBPCC general Secretary Maya Ghosh said “Trinamul party is doing the political dadagiri like CPM used to do. The police are not taking any action against the Trinamul culprits. It's just the repeatation of CPM torture”.
It is to be noted that WBPCC Secretray Shri Manoj Pandey was kidnapped by the Trinamul activists on the eve of the closing of nomination day – in an attempt to stop Congress from contesting the municipal election.
23, May, 2012
Indira Bhavan at Bidhannagar – Seat-In demonstration in front of Indira Bhavan
State Government concedes Congress demand
In view of the wrong claim of the Minister of Urban Development Minister Mr. Firhad Hakim that the erstwhile Indira Bhavan was never named as “Indira Bhavan” officially – Janab Abdul Mannan, Chairman, Media Committee, WBPCC, while addressing a press meet, came out with the election commission document where the official address of late Chief Minister Jyoti Basu was mentioned as “Indira Bhavan”.
In protest to the State Government’s adamant stand on plan of demolishing the Indira Bhavan, North 24 Pargana DCC has called for a seat-in demonstration in front of the Indira Bhavan at Bidhannagar. Organized by Bidhannagar Congress Committee, leaders like Devi Ghosal, President North 24 Pargana DCC, Smt. Deepa Dasmunshi MP, Shri Pradip Ghosh, President, Central Kolkata DCC, Smt. Mala Roy, President, South Kolkata DCC, Shri Purna Ghosh, Chief Organizer Seva Dal, Shri Nirbed Roy, Shri Arunabha Ghosh and many others were present in the peaceful demonstration.
It was learnt from the media reports that the State Government has decided neither to demolish the Indira Bhavan nor to change the name of the building. The decision reflects the demand and desire of millions of Congress workers in Bengal
20, May, 2012
Indira Bhavan at Bidhannagar
Congress workers led by Joy Prakash Majumdar, President, Bidhannagar Congress Committee put up a metal name plate on the Indira Bhavan, Bidhannagar.
Indira Ji stayed in this building in 1972 during the 74th All India Plenary Session of AICC. The primary construction of the building was carried out with the donations of Congress workers of Bengal.
The programme was significant in view of recent announcement of the State Government that the building would be demolished to accommodate a new Nazrul Academy at this plot of Land.
WBPCC President Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya on 31 December, 2011 wrote to the Chief Minister not to change the name and character of the erstwhile Indira Bhavan – and also suggested several proposals to honour Kaji Nazrul Islam. No reply of the letter was received so far. (See the letter of Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya)
3 May 2012
Chatra Parishad President Rahul Kamar Roy condemns the disruptive activities and group fighting of Trinamool Chatra Parishad resulting the closure of Surendranath College.
He said "Trinamool Chatra Parishad has borrowed our age-old logo of services for the student - despite their claim of a separate political party. But Trinamool Chatra Parishad actually adopting the Goonda Raj of SFI practiced during CPI(M) era. It is unfortunate that most of the Leaders of Trinamool Chatra Parishad have left studentship long ago. These middle aged leaders are now trying to use student politics for survival of their political careers and also to earn a living. Students of West Bengal will never allow such unholy practices to disrupt the academic environment of West Bengal"
23 April 2012
WBPCC President Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya welcomed the change in the Chief Minister's approach to the Central Government regarding the financial moratorium package for West Bengal.
He said " The Chief Minister said she had appealed to the Centre for considering the appropriate financial package for West Bengal - never threatened them with 15 days deadline. We appreciate her clarifications. WBPCC is also sensitive about the present financial mess faced by the State which is a creation of Left misrule of 34 years. We are partner of the State Government and we also appeal to the Central Government to help the State to tackle the financial imbroglio."
15 April, 2012
A meeting of Congress workers was held at Basirhat, North 24 Parganas.
Leaders present in the meeting were Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President WBPCC, Shri Devi Ghosal President North 24 Parganas, Shri Sukhbilas Verma MLA, Shri Amitabha Chakraborty General Secretary WBPCC, and many others.
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya said that the goons, who used to torment and kill the Congress workers under the patronage of CPM, now have joined TMC and conducting the same atrocities against the Congress workers. It’s a matter of great regret that being alliance partner in Centre as well as in the State, TMC is bent upon the idea of destroying the Congress party in the State. This kind of contradictory position cannot be continued not be tolerated.
Shri Devi Ghosal urged all the Congress workers of the district to work together to strengthen the party organization and to get prepared for the coming Panchayat election.
04 April, 2012
Congress workers led by Amitabha Chakraborty, General Secretary WBPCC, Santosh Pathak, President Burrabazar DCC, Smt. Suman Singh, President North Kolkata DCC demonstrated at the State Central Library, Kakurgachi - against the imposition of undemocratic circular, restricting the rights of common people to access all types of newspapers in state funded libraries.
01 April, 2012
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President WBPCC, writes to the Chief Minister, Government of West Bengal expressing resentment about the undemocratic move of the government on curbing the rights of information (through a Circular on selective preference of newspapers for libraries in West Bengal) and urged the government to withdraw the Circular. Prof. Bhattacharya also urged the administration to book the culprits regarding recent attacks on the media persons.
See the Letter of Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya.
Also see the press release issued by Shri Om Prakash Mishra, General Secretary, WBPCC.
March 28, Wednesday 2012
Government Circular - imposing selective Newspapers preference:
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President WBPCC has resented the decision of the coalition partner and said: Indian National Congress always uphold the value of free press and freedom of people on their choice of reading. Imposing such official directives of selective newspaper reading is a sign of intolerance and does not match with the changes which have been promised by the Congress –TMC alliance before the assembly election. Common people of Bengal, who have brought the changes in Bengal governance, will not tolerate such intervention on their freedom. I urge our alliance partner in the Bengal Government to desist from imposing undemocratic circular.
March 28, Wednesday 2012
Government Circular - imposing selective Newspapers preference:
Abdul Mannan, Chairman, Media Committee, WBPCC condemns the intervention f the Government on the freedom of people and the democratic tradition of the state.
Government led by the TMC Chief Minister issued a notice on Tuesday, Mar 28 saying that the state and statewide libraries can purchase only eight newspapers whose names have been enlisted in the circular.
Surprisingly names of leading Newspapers such as Times of India, Hindustan Times, The Telegraph, Statesman, Anandabazar, Bartaman and many others have not featured in that list published by Trinamool Congress (TMC).
Abdul Mannan said “no government can impose such dictatorial command in a democratic system. In a dictatorial system of governance – yes, such types of dictums are common - no free press is allowed and people do not enjoy freedom of information. But we should not forget that we have promised more freedom to the common people of Bengal than what they have experienced during 34 years of tyranny of CPM led government. Now it seems that our coalition partner is trying to outdo the earlier regime by suppressing the freedom of common people. Congress has nothing to do with such undemocratic decisions. I request the Chief Minister to relook into the matter with tolerance and rollback the circular.”
March 24, Saturday, 2012
WBPCC President Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya commented on the State Budget placed by the Finance Minister Dr. Amit Mitra.
The budget is a wide departure from the aimless leftist agenda that we have experienced during last decades. But at the same time it has failed to show any direction about how the resources would be mobilized which is badly needed to implement the budget proposals and bring the financially crippled state back on track. There is a proposal to introduce a new bill for levy of tax on entry of goods into the state. No doubt this would add to the inflationary pressure on goods and will cause distress to common people.
It is amusing to note the proposal of reduction of duty on items like balloons, kite sticks, empty gas cylinders, wooden boards and paneer. It appears that the Finance Minister does not have connection with the basic reality of the people of Bengal.
The whole exercise is grossly inadequate and unrealistic for a state suffering from chronic revenue deficit and acute liquidity crunch. Congress has asked for consultations on major policy decision of the present coalition government of Bengal. But TMC has never indulged such consultations - contradicting their own stand about the coalition governance at the Center.
March 24, Saturday, 2012
WBPCC Media Committee Chairman Abdul Mannan expressed his dissatisfaction on the hypocritical approach of the budget proposals on Minority welfare.
Dr. Mitra on 23rd March presented the Rs 3,28,468 crore Budget for West Bengal for the financial year of 2012-13. The budget has a total Plan outlay of Rs 23,371.44 crore while the estimated total deficit has been put at Rs 9 crore.
In this 3 lakh-plus crore budget the Department of Minority Affairs and Madrasah Education, the nodal department of the state government for minority welfare schemes, will get Rs 570 crore which is not even 1% of the total budget amount. The Muslims constitute about 25% of the state population.
"The present government is playing political games with the minorities with the sweet talks only. There is no actual substance on the development agenda. Dr. Mitra in his budget speech did not make any announcement for actual schemes and plans for social and economic development of the Minorities and Women minorities, weaker sections of the society, the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes." Mannan said.
The budget proposals have not announced any new scheme or fund for the community. Beyond the Rs 570 crore for minority department no other fund has been announced for any other scheme for minority.
March 22, Thursday, 2012
Abdul Mannan, Congress candidate for the Rajya Sabha election from West Bengal, withdrew his candidature following instruction by the party high command.
He told reporters here that as a disciplined soldier of the Congress, he withdrew his candidature on instruction from the party high command.
"I have been a disciplined soldier of the India's largest democratic political party for a long time. There is no personal issue or ambition involved while serving the party and the people. The Party high command has taken a judicious decision considering the present political compulsions. There is no reason to find any difference between the party and me on the issue," he said.
20 March, 2012
Indian National Congress is concerned about the shadows of communal disharmony in certain parts of Kolkata. Abdul Mannan Senior leader and Chairman of Media Committee, WBPCC urged the people of Kolkata and Bengal as a whole to keep the peaceful fabric of the society and the secular character of coexistance of all faith in mutual harmony.
Bengal by tradition is the citadel of culture of secular harmony. Congress is not only the pioneer of secular politics in India but also the active fighter, sometimes singlehandedly, against any religious extremism.
Shri Mannan urged people of all sections of the society for restrain and to maintain peace and communal harmony at all cost.
19 March, 2012
Congress is to contest coming Rajya Sabha Election from West Bengal. Congress nominated candidate is no other than the popular & veteran Congress leader Janab Abdul Mannan. Congress Is confident of win of Sri Mannan to enforce the secular, progressive and democratic agenda of UPA II under the able leadership of Sonia Gandhi, Dr. Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee & Rahul Gandhi.
All cross sections of Congress workers in Bengal are delighted on the decision of nomination of Sri Mannan. Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President WBPCC said ”Congress being India’s largest democratic party should have its own candidate for the next election of Rajya Sabha having second largest number of MLAs in the present Assembly”.
16 March, 2012
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President WBPCC, welcomed the Union budget saying "a great job done by the Finance Minister, especially in a difficult time when World Bank is predicting slowing down of the world economy to the tune of 2008 recession. The target of 7.6% growth, under the situation is quite creditable.
The budget has allocated substantial fund for several social development projects like Integrated Child Development Scheme, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, infusion of fund for rural Banks, Food security subsidy etc. At the same time infra structure development and Highway projects were given priority. Anti inflationary measures were also taken into account. Income tax exemption limit has been raised and the tax regime rationalized - which will give respite to the middle class populace. Truly this is a pro-growth, anti-inflationary budget for aam admi.
15 March, Thursday, 2012
Abdul Mannan, Chairman Media Committee and senior WBPCC leader commented on the Rail Budget and resultant controversies of TMC:
Plurality is the essence of Democracy and nationalistic vision should be the MANTRA for the ruling government at the Center for a country like India. UPA I and UPA II have always promoted policies to address the issues concerning the poorest of poor people of India on a pan Indian scenario - under the able leadership of Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Rahul Gandhi & Pranab Mukherjee. Present West Bengal Government is also getting huge benefits of such pro-people welfare schemes.
Regional parties with limited outlook and restricted agenda should not en cash their importance in coalition governance to destroy the fabric of Indian democracy and the age-old supremacy of the Parliament.
National stability gives stability to the regions - individual likings and concept should be second to the national priority.
Indian National Congress, the biggest democratic political party in the world is committed to the welfare of people of India in a wholesome scale without any regional bias. Unrestricted economic development of the country is the agenda of Congress.
Our coalition partners should understand the difference between the national and regional priorities and should make themselves source of strength to the priority agenda rather than weakening the causes.
15 March, Thursday, 2012
Adhir Chowdhury MP, President of Murshidabad DCC and senior leader commented on the allegation of TMC that "the difference between the Minister of Railways Shri Dinesh Trivedi and the TMC leadership is a game plan of Congress" :
It is unfortunate that our coalition partner in the Center and the State is bringing their internal misunderstanding and differences out in the public and blaming Congress for the same. It is quite obvious that a central Railway Minister would consult the Union Finance Minister and the Prime Minister to determine the national policies. That is the age-old system of parliamentary democracy and federal system of governance.The pan Indian welfare and policy matters can not be dictated on a regional scale. Shri Dinesh Trivedi may be a TMC party MP but as the Railway Minister of India, his obligation warrants unrestricted service to the country under the leadership of the Prime Minister rather than his party TMC - which is obviously a regional party. The statement made by his party leaders are rather detrimental to the democratic fabric of Indian federal system.
If someone talks about the welfare of the poor - then no other political party than Congress has worked better for the poorest of poor for their welfare. Panchayeti system for local governance and local development are the result of the long term policies of the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi - who also happened to be the mentor of the present Chief Minister of West Bengal Ms. Mamta Banerjee.
India and Pakistan were born almost at the same time - but India has survived its democratic system due to the maturity of its leadership and support of its people. "Nation first - self interest later" should also be the dictum of the new generation regional leaders of India.
14 March, 2012
Rail Budget : Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President WBPCC, welcomed the Rail Budget placed today by Railway Minister Shri Dinesh Trivedi.
Prof Bhattacharya said “the budget exhibits progressive economic policy of UPA government under the leadership of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The budget proposals will enhance the movement of railways and improve the passenger’s amenity. Most importantly the safety matters have been given due importance. Common people are happy that the budget has reflected their aspiration of safe and comfortable railway journey. At the same time the rational approach to the cargo freight will keep the economic growth undisturbed.
10 March, Saturday, 2012
In a huge public meeting held in Midnapur, Sakeel Ahmed, AICC General Secretary stated that Congress may contest the Panchayat poll alone, citing the example of Maharashtra and Tamilnadu. However he did not rule out the possibility of alliance with TMC saying "We shall think about seat-sharing for the panchayat polls with Trinamool only if proposed by Mamata Banerjee,"
Addressing the huge gathering WBPCC President Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya urged the Congress workers to strengthen the organization for the coming Panchayat election especially in view of the pathetic situation in the rural Bengal - citing examples of recent suicides by farmers and the inability of the Government led by TMC to provide the support price of paddy and other crops to the Bengal farmers.
Congress MP from Malda Mausam Noor also referring to the coming Panchayat election told the gathering that rural Bengal should be informed that all the development work highlighted by the state government are actually planned and funded by the Congress government at Centre.
Dr. Manas Bhuniya, Minister in charge of irrigation, stated that Congress has fought against CPM more than any other party in Bengal. Congress has lost highest numbers of its supporters due to political killings during last 35 years. Now if any other party get offended seeing the number of Congress flags are increasing in rural Bengal – it cannot be helped.
Also present in the meeting Abhijit Mukherjee MLA, Krishna Debnath and many other leaders.
10 March, Saturday, 2012
Five TMC Councilors of Purulia Minicipality join Congress
In a huge public meeting held in the Purulia town five councillors of Purulia Municipality and other TMC leaders joined Congress encouraging the fact "Future is Congress".
The Councillors are: Kamala Sau, Pradip Banerjee, Sakil Ahmed, Sajeeda Parveen and Ananda Chowdhury.
Present in the meeting Deepa Dasminsi MP, Nepal Mahato President Purulia DCC, Debabrata Basu Vice President WBPCC, Dr. Maya Ghosh General Secretary WBPCC and many other leaders.
Addressing the huge rally, Deepa Dasminsi said that this is the time to strengthen the Congress organization across the length and breadth of West Bengal. Expressing her dissatisfaction over the style of functioning of the TMC led state government she said: wherever and whenever there are issues of misrule or bad governance Congress will protest. In many ways Trinamul Congress is just replicating the misdeeds of CPM committed during their misrule of 34 years. She further said that people of Bengal wanted respite from the tyranny of CPM and brought in the change in the government. But now it is becoming clear that only Congress can provide terror free, peaceful and progressive governance.
28 February, 2012
Leftists turned the Industrial strike into a “Bangla Bandh”
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President WBPCC , strongly condemns the Bandh culture of the leftists.
He says “ It is unfortunate that TMC could not drive away the fear psychosis from the general public. The street vandalism by both CPM and TMC workers only hyped that fear psychosis. As a result Kolkata and its suburbs witnessed the ill effects of illogical strike called by the leftist forces.
Comparatively the rural Bengal is less affected by this Bandh. Indian National Congress does not believe in violence, hooliganism or culture of illogical Bandh. We urge the people of Bengal to join the force of constructive thinking, as pursued by the Indian National Congress, and build a new Bengal.”
27 February, 2012
WBPCC pays homage to the departed soul of the iconic football player Sailen Manna. Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya expressed deep condolence saying “ Bengal lost a legend who was not only a pride of Bengal but also of India”.
22 February, 2012
Political Killings in Burdwan
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President WBPCC, condemns the political killings in Burdwan, saying "West Bengal has seen enough political killings in the last three decades. Indian National Congress never indulges in violence. Such politics of violence and murder should be stopped immediately.”
See Press Release English / Bengali
20 February, Monday 2012
Park Street Rape Case:
WBPCC President Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya expressed deep concern and termed the incident as "most unfortunate".
He said that Indian National Congress has always upheld the dignity and protection of womenfolk in the society above all other matters.
Further he regretted the remarks made by the Chief Minister and said “the comments are not only surprising but also disturbing. To make the administration transparent, dependable and people friendly – such comments should have been avoided”.
On the matter of the premature comments made by the Police Commissioner of Kolkata, he said that the Police Commissioner should apologise to the public for his irresponsible remarks.
Prof. Bhattacharya also expressed concern that after 34 years of misrule of CPM, people have brought changes - expecting better governance. The present TMC-INC alliance government in the State should take more care in extending sensitive attitude to the people’s woes.
19 February, Sunday 2012
Park Street Rape Case:
Janab Abdul Mannan, Chief Spoke Person and Chairman, Media Committee reacted sharply on the atrocious event. He said “Indian National Congress always pays highest respect to the dignity of women and insists on rule of law. The incident is a highly condemnable act of crime and it is a blot on the reputation of Kolkata and Bengal as a whole. It is a matter of deep concern that the administration, including the Chief Minister of the State, has tried to portray the incident as a “made-up story” and as “a conspiracy against the government” even before the investigation was over. On the other hand it is also a matter of pride that there are upright officers in the administration who are independently capable to keep the faith of masses. We always expect that the present government will infuse a sense dependence and faith in the mind of general public on the matter of clean and neutral administration - which was destroyed during the 34 years misrule of Left Front.”
19 February, 2012
More than 3000 Trinamul Congress workers under the leadership of Md. Saifuddin joined Indian National Congress in a meeting held at Mathurapur BSS High School ground, under Manikchak assembly constituency.
Congress leadership present in the meeting were H. Khan Chowdhury (Dalu Babu) President of Malda DCC & MP, Adhir Chowdhury President Murshidabad DCC & MP, Abu Hena (Minister), Sabina Yeasmin (Minister), Md. Sohrab, leader of CLP, Mousam Bebazir Noor MP, Abdul Mannan Chairman WBPCC Media Committee and other MLAs and district leaders
08 February, Sunday 2012
Statement by Dr Abhishek Singhvi, MP, National Spokesperson and Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on 8/2/12
On my trip to Kolkatta on Sunday, 5/2/12 to inaugurate a party newspaper, I had only said, and that too in response to one question amongst many others by several reporters, that in the 2011-12 financial year, the Central Govt had approved central assistance of about RS 8750 crores to WB (under BRGF scheme). I had talked only about allocation/approvals, not disbursals.
Dr Mitra, Finance Minister, WB, attacked the statement as untrue, doubted my ability to understand economics and deliberately chose to speak of disbursals instead of allocation, which alone I had mentioned.
On 7/2/12, at Delhi, again in response to a question, I had said that such criticism was unwarranted and distorted the facts since Dr Mitra had not controverted my statement re allocation/approval of the above figure but instead talked of something totally different ie disbursals.
The following further facts and figures obtained from the Union Finance Ministry demonstrate not only the complete error of WB's Finance Minister's statement but also show that there appears to be a deliberate attempt to understate and suppress central assistance to WB. What may be the reason for this strange attitude is anybody's guess.
Firstly, Rs 6754 cr worth of proposals from WB stand approved by the Empowered Committee in the Planning Commission.
Secondly, from May 20, 2011 to Feb 6, 2012 alone, since Dr Mitra became Finance Minister, approximately Rs 23695 crores has been disbursed/released by the Centre to WB (though, as stated above, I was not even talking of disbursals in Kolkatta). This includes releases for state sector schemes (including RS 1046 cr released on 7/2/12 for BRGF), Finance Commission Grants, WB's share in central taxes, central plan schemes, releases under other central schemes like sanitation, MNREGA, rural drinking water, rural housing, education and literacy programs etc.
It is true that I am not an economist but that is not important. What is important is that an eminent economist and Finance Minister of WB did not know these figures or did not care to find them out or did not want to talk about them when he issued a blanket refutation of my comment, saying that not a paisa had been received by him from the central government.
All I can say to my good friend Dr Mitra is that facts remain sacred, whether you are an economist or a lawyer, whether in public life or in chambers of commerce. Nor should politics change them. If he or any member of his Ministry wants the details of these figures, they are free to contact me since I have all the breakups and the names of all the central schemes.
05 February, Sunday 2012
Release of “Congress Barta” – weekly party newspaper.
AICC spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi launches WBPCC mouthpiece “CONGRESS BARTA” at Bidhan Bhawan. Prof Pradip Bhattacharya, President WBPCC was present on the occasion along with other state leaders.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Singhvi said:
Congress is part of TMC-Congress alliance in the state government. But Congress has the right to protest against the increasing attacks on Congress workers and destructions of party offices across the state. Such protest against “kusashan” of the present government should not be construed as negative politics – but should be taken as constructive criticism. If there is lack of governance - voices would be raised automatically. Congress leaders cannot sit idle when congress activists are being attacked.
Commenting on the claim of the Chief Minister that Bengal government is yet to receive any central assistance to tackle the present financial mess of the state he said that already around 8,000 crore has been given to the state – and it is wrong to say that the state is being ignored by the central government.
28th January, 2012 Saturday
On Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Manipur and her pre-pole assurance of withdrawal of Arms Forces Special Provision Act (AFSPA), prominent Congress leader and a leading lawyer Shri Arunabha Ghosh was asked to comment. He said:
- Arms Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 (UAPA) – both are central Act. The 1st one was adopted by Manipur Government and the second one was adopted by West Bengal Government.
- While UAPA deals with unlawful activities of individuals and associations, AFSPA deals with anti-nationals who want to secede from India. Both have similar type of application i.e., war against the state.
- While the Chief Minister understands the utility of UAPA to deal with the Maoists in West Bengal (with the help of the Force of Central Government) – how come she opposes the AFSPA in Manipur ?
- She has met Chanu Sharmila who is under jail custody. It is more like any Chief Minister from other state meeting Chatrodhar Mahato in West Bengal and assures him support.
- She has called the AFSPA as a draconian act – while she has adopted the UAPA act to combat Maoist forces in West Bengal. It’s significantly contradictory stand.
27th January, 2012 Friday
PROTEST AGAINST KILLINGS OF CONGRESS WORKERS
Addressing a press conference, WBPCC President Pradip Bhattacharjee said it was unfortunate that four Congress workers were shot by the goons of the coalition partner Trinamool Congress on January 25 at Andheri village under the Canning Gram Panchayat of South 24-pargana district, while another Congress worker was killed by the Trinamool goons few days back at Habra in North 24-Pargana district.
He alleged that the Trinamool Congress has taken a similar tactics like the previous CPI(M) in attacking the Congress workers in the state.
Such attacks on the Congress supporters were happening because Congress workers are speaking in favour of the farmer’s interest. It is a fact that the farmers are not geting the minimum support price for their crop. Scores of farmers have committed suicide.
He said: I have already written four letters to the Chief Minister and also informed the Home Secretary in this regards but the surprising fact is not a single reply yet been received from them.
He also urged to the government to bear all the medical expenses and compensate the victims with suitable financial packages.
25th January, 2012 Wednesday
Union Minister Shri Jairam Ramesh addressed a press conference at the Bidhan Bhawan and said:
- Congress is an integral part of development process of West Bengal. Changes in Bengal is not monopoly of a particular party in coalition.
- Congress is never a B team of any political party. It is the “Country’s A Team”
- In West Bengal one form of tyranny cannot be replaced by another form of tyranny.
- Money would never be a constraint for rural development in Bengal – provided the State Government takes the initiatives
21st January, 2012 Saturday
Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, President, WBPCC addressed a press meet at Bidhan Bhawan.
He regretted the fact that several farmers have committed suicide in recent days. He said “ Our Chief Minister is being misguided by the government officials on the fact and reasons behind such suicides. They claimed that mental depression is the reason – but why our poor farmers are depressed ? Utter economical distress along with the problem of not getting the right price for their products is the reason behind such calamity. I urge the Chief Minister to take the issue rather seriously. I have already requested the Chief Minister to form an all party inquiry committee to look in to the plights of the farmers”.
He further announced that Congress will reach out to the farmers to provide support to their cause.
Congress leaders Sri Monoj Chakraborty and Janab Abdul Mannan were also present in the press meet.
4th January, 2012 Wednesday
Plights of the farmers in West Bengal
WBPCC organized a sit-in demonstration and protest meeting at Metro Channel (Esplanade)
Huge turn-out at the sit-in demonstration
Top Congress Leaders spoke against the sorry state of affairs in West Bengal in the matter of failure of the State Government to provide support price to the farmers.
Leaders spoke in the meeting: Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya, Dr. Manas Bhunia, Smt. Deepa Das Munshi, Shri Devi Ghosal, Janab Abdul Mannan, Mrs. Mausam Benazir Noor, Shri Ajoy Dey, Shri Manoj Chakraborty and many others
WBPCC President Prof. Pradip Bhattacharya said:
“ The farmers in West Bengal are in critical situation. The paddy growers, jute growers, potato growers and farmers in general are facing serious financial crisis. They are not getting their dues – the Central Government prescribed minimum support price. There is no proper Government arrangement or system for problem free procurement of agri products from the poor farmers of Bengal. As a result the farmers are compelled to make distress sell of their paddy or other products. At extreme cases some farmers have committed suicide in different district of West Bengal. The West Bengal Pradesh Congress has decided to support the causes of the farmers of Bengal and to stand against the inability of the State Government for failure in supporting the causes of the farmers. WBPCC has decided to intensify the movement in favour of the farmers and will hold agitation before the DM office in all Districts in January and February....... “