Kolkata: On the occasion of the Shaheed Diwas (Martyr’s Day) rally, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday lashed out at the BJP, saying the saffron party has been trying to topple all state governments.
She also criticised the Union government over the Agnipath scheme, which witnessed protests in several parts of the country. She said, “There is no replacement for the army.” Do not play with the army… either take people directly into the army or do away with Agnipath. “
Mamata hit out at the ruling BJP for the implementation of GST on several essential items. She said, “Puffed rice has also got GST.” BJP friends will not eat puffed rice now. How much GST has been levied on puffed rice, sweets, lassi, curd, batasha, and neem leaves? What will we eat? How will we eat? “Return our things or you (BJP) go away,” she said.
The Kolkata Police restrained traffic movement all over the city regarding the rally. Schools have been shut down.
Speaking on providing jobs, Mamata said she favours giving jobs to all without any discrimination in the name of religion, caste, and so on. She blamed the CPM for creating a rift in society by creating discrimination in providing jobs.
She warned the BJP not to try to break Bengal. Mamata said, “They say they will target Bengal after Maharashtra… have you seen the Royal Bengal tiger? I say don’t dare to break Bengal. The Royal Bengal tiger stays here. Be very careful! “
TMC has been holding the most important annual event for the party in the heart of Kolkata today. A huge number of people have gathered in support of the rally at the Esplanade area after a gap of two years due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
21st July means martyrdom!
On this day, in 1993 brave martyrs sacrificed their lives. Our Hon’ble Chairperson @MamataOfficial is carrying forward their legacy. Bengal comes together to pay heartfelt tribute to their struggle & resolve.
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The TMC observes July 21 as Martyrs’ Day every year to remember those 13 people who were killed in police firing in 1993 (she was leader of that faction at the time) during a rally of the Youth Congress. This year, Mamata is set to expose the party’s strategy for the forthcoming Bengal Panchayat elections.