Kolkata: A Trinamool Congress MP has voiced his demand for Bharat Ratna for party chief Mamata Banerjee. Speaking to ANI on Friday, party MP Idris Ali said, “Mamata Banerjee is a symbol of national integration, a symbol of harmony and development. She is an unparalleled lady, I think she should be awarded the Bharat Ratna.” (Also read: ‘BJP Only Creates Confusion Among People,’ Says Mamata)
Banerjee has been extremely vocal in her criticism of the current government. On Thursday, on the second anniversary of demonetisation, Banerjee took to Twitter to claim she always said it was a disaster. “Today is the second anniversary of the demonetisation disaster. From the moment it was announced, I said so. Renowned economists, common people and all experts now all agree.”
In another tweet, she wrote, “The government cheated our nation with this big demonetisation scam. It ruined the economy and the lives of millions. People will punish those who did this.”
Even on the issue of National Register of Citizens, Banerjee has said that her state will provide shelter to all those who had been wronged and faced discrimination. Targeting the BJP on the issue, Banerjee said that Bengal did not bow before anyone.
Addressing a meeting during her two-day visit to north Bengal in the second half of October, Banerjee said, “Bengal never bows down before anyone. The ruling party at the Centre has resorted to ‘Bengali Hatao’ (chase away the Bengalis). This doesn’t happen in Bengal. Here we love Assamese, Bengalis, Biharis, refugees, backward classes, minorities, Nepalis as well as Hindi and Urdu speaking populace. If our brothers and sisters anywhere face any kind of discrimination, irrespective of the fact whether they are Bengalis or Biharis or Assamese, Bengal will love them in its own way and provide them shelter.”
Talking about the situation in Assam, she said, “What is happening in Assam? In the name of identifying ‘genuine voters’ names of 40 lakh people have been omitted. Are you people getting it? People who promised so many things have left out the names of 40 lakh people. People are committing suicide.”