Union Minister John Barla said on Tuesday that the creation of a separate state of “North Bengal” is the voice of the people of the region.
Speaking at a press conference in Siliguri as part of the BJP’s ”Shahid Samman Yatra”, Mr Barla said he would discuss the issue at the appropriate level to come to fruition for the creation of a separate state.
“The establishment of a separate state of North Bengal is the voice of the people of the region. I will raise the issue at the appropriate level,” the minister said.
Mr Barla, a BJP MP from Alipurduar and currently Minister of State for Minority Affairs, said the government of the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal did nothing for the minority population of the state and used them to get votes.
“What work has the TMC government done for the minorities? You have used their votes for your political advantage,” he claimed.
In the name of development, TMC is resorting to terror tactics and torture, Barla claimed.
“See how post-pole violence erupted in West Bengal,” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to cooperate with the state government, but the TMC government has always fought with the Center, he claimed.
Referring to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s efforts to unite the opposition, Mr Barla said: “Didi dreams of becoming prime minister. It will never happen.”
In 2024, BJP will capture all 42 Lok Sabha seats from West Bengal and by good margins, he claimed.
Raju Bista, the BJP’s Darjeeling MP, claimed that more than 150 party employees were killed in “post-election violence” in West Bengal and that the “Shahid Samman Yatra” was undertaken to commemorate them.
“West Bengal is rushing to President’s Rule and we are urging the President, Prime Minister and Home Minister to save us from Mamata Banerjee’s oppression,” he said.
Meanwhile, several BJP workers, including party MLA Sankar Ghosh, were detained by the Siliguri Metropolitan Police for gathered without permission amid the COVID restrictions, officials said.
Mr Bista said they gathered to participate in the “Yuva Sankalp Yatra” on the occasion of the 75th year of independence.
Union Minister Subhas Sarkar, who was to lead part of the Shahid Samman Yatra from BJP’s state headquarters in Kolkata to the city of Burdwan, claimed he was stopped by police from traveling with party supporters.
The Minister of Education continued his journey in his car, visiting Belur Math on the way.
“We have not violated COVID protocols. Since the police did not allow BJP supporters to accompany me, I can only say that they are afraid of democratic protests. We will continue to raise our voices against the atrocities perpetrated by Trinamool,” said Trinamool. he.
Earlier, police arrested BJP workers in Birati in North 24’s Parganas, where they gathered to participate in another leg of the ”Shahid Samman Yatra”, officials said.
Minister of State for Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shantanu Thakur claimed he was also detained by police in Birati even though he was in the area to perform puja at a temple. The police claimed that the BJP leader himself got into a police van.
Speaking to reporters, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said one leg of the Yatra was planned in North Bengal, another in Birati and the third from the state party headquarters in Kolkata.
“The Shahid Samman Yatra was meant to let the world know what was happening in West Bengal,” Ghosh said.
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