West Bengal chief minister accuses BJP of autocratic rule, opposes Aadhaar-mobile linking

World Wednesday 25/October/2017 20:06 PM
By: Times News Service
West Bengal chief minister accuses BJP of autocratic rule, opposes Aadhaar-mobile linking

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused the BJP of unleashing an "autocratic rule and destroying the federal structure" of the country and opposed linking of Aadhaar with mobile phone number.
She alleged that the BJP was trying to finish off all other parties in the country and said the TMC would play a role in ousting it from power at the Centre.
"They (Centre) are interfering in the people's rights and privacy. The Aadhaar number should not be linked with one's mobile phone. I will not link my Aadhaar number with my mobile even if my connection is snapped," she said at the extended core committee meeting of the Trinamool Congress here.
Claiming that her party did not want in power at the Centre, she said it would play a vital role in "removing" the saffron party from power in the next general elections.
Mamata asked her party leaders to start 'black day' campaign from November 8 in every block and district in the state condemning demonetisation which was announced on the day last year.
"A lot of people are not happy with the way the BJP-led NDA government is functioning. Our (TMC) job will be to help them in defeating the BJP and save the country from dictatorship," she said.
The chief minister said, "They (BJP) are trying to destroy the federal structure of the country. And if somebody dares to speak up against them they try to brand them as corrupt as if they (BJP) are only saints and others are thieves."
She said the TMC would fight and not stop till the BJP was "ousted" from power. "Democracy will triumph against all odds", she said.
"They are doing whatever they like," she said, noting that the TMC has not been elected at anybody's mercy and it has emerged stronger through its long struggle. Mamata said, "They (BJP) can threaten us by using the Enforcement Directorate, Income Tax and CBI but we are not afraid of it. The central government has turned into a government of the agencies. They can send all our leaders to jail but we will continue to oppose the anti-people policies of the central government."
Alleging that the BJP was using central agencies since assuming power at the Centre, Mamata said, "But it will boomerang on them when they will be out of power".
Terming demonetisation as a "big scam", she said the entire economy has "gone for a toss" due to the arbitrary decision of the central government. "First demonetisation and then the GST, both have ruined the Indian economy. Thousands of people have lost their jobs. More than 50 per cent of the small-scale industry is yet to get uplinking facilities for GST," the chief minister alleged.
The TMC chief also charged the Modi government with snatching away the freedom of the press and alleged that if any news organisation dared to speak against it, they were harassed. "The ED, CBI and Income Tax departments will be used to harass them (news organisations)," she said.