25 September, 2020

Ms One Per Cent

Trinamool failed to keep all its tall promises. But there’s time yet.

Ms One Per Cent

Politics in West Bengal hit a new low recently when a group of morning walkers around Rabindra Sarovar Lake in South Calcutta were threatened by Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee when he overheard them criticising the state government. The public outrage did little to subdue the ruling partymen. “Policemen in plainclothes are warning regulars at Rabindra Sarovar Lake not to speak out against Mamata Banerjee’s government,” a city daily reported.

The police has undoubtedly turned into an extended arm of the Trinamool. While it is true that the uniformed force in the state was politicised long back and interference with the police has been a practice with earlier Con­gress and Left Front governments as well, the present government takes the cake for perfe­cting the system of using the pol­ice as an arm of the party.

Crime against women in Bengal has witnessed a steady rise in the last three years. Such crimes used to take place earlier too; what is new is that the government and the chief minister are in permanent denial....



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