WB govt functions from roadside as CM continues dharna

KOLKATA: Bengal witnessed its first roadside cupboard assembly on Monday, with Mamata Banerjee seeking to steadiness the executive obligations of a head of a state with the function of a countrywide opposition leader from a 625-square-foot dais within the heart of town at Esplanade.

CM Banerjee’s dharna — towards the CBI’s choice to send its officers to Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar’s Loudon Street place of abode on Sunday night time — entered its 2d day with none sign of when it could end or what it could take to end it. History suggests that she may not be in a hurry; a hunger-strike launched from this very spot 13 years ago — to protest towards the acquisition of land in Singur by way of the Left Front govt — went on for 26 days.

This time, though, Banerjee — as head of the Bengal govt — has more than one professional tasks and engagements. So, but even so presiding over a cabinet assembly (the state price range was once presented within the assembly by way of finance minister Amit Mitra), Banerjee additionally disbursed gallantry medals to cops and addressed a farmers’ rally, the place the target market was once at Netaji Indoor Stadium (a couple of kilometres away), over a video call from the podium.


The most essential of her Monday’s engagements was once the cabinet assembly earlier than the state price range. The Metro Channel Hare Street police outpost adjacent to the degree was once transformed right into a makeshift conference room, the place Banerjee joined her cupboard colleagues, including finance minister Mitra, city development minister Firhad Hakim and schooling minister Partha Chatterjee, for the necessary pre-budget assembly at 1.20pm. The formalities had been over in 20 minutes and she returned to the dais in a while thereafter.

Before that, on the other hand, the chief minister addressed the farmers’ meet (her video call was once projected on a large display on the stadium) and signed a host of documents that state chief secretary Malay De introduced down from Nabanna .

“This fight is for the farmers. The central govt has left farmers all over the country sleepless. Our govt has been combating for the farmers’ rights from a degree at this very place since 2006. It was once only after my 26-day demonstration here 13 years ago that farmers woke up to the specter of losing their farmland,” she reminded her target market.

Another essential engagement got here within the night time, which required her at hand over gallantry medals to outstanding officers of Kolkata Police. It was once supposed to be held at Uttirna, a convention centre in Alipore (six km away), but the venue was once shifted to a degree hurriedly constructed subsequent to the dharna website on Monday afternoon.


“This was once a scheduled govt programme. But I can't depart the degree on account of this emergency. But I are not looking for govt paintings to be hampered,” she mentioned earlier than strolling over to the opposite degree to distribute the medallions. “We have some officers who may also be in comparison to the best on the earth,” she mentioned.


The dharna degree itself was once hurriedly constructed on Sunday evening. Banerjee reached there at 8.15 p.m. on Sunday and sat on a chair with Trinamool leaders on one side and senior cops, including commissioner of police Rajeev Kumar, on the other even as workers erected the degree.


Party leaders remained by way of her side previous nighttime, when she asked some of them to head house and return on Monday morning. She took a nap round 3 a.m. but was once up early, taking to strolling briskly on the degree and circling round those who sat on the dais and — every so often — taking the microphone to give an explanation for the explanations for her agitation and saying the names of ministers and other dignitaries once they arrived.


WB govt functions from roadside as CM continues dharna WB govt functions from roadside as CM continues dharna Reviewed by Kailash on February 05, 2019 Rating: 5
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