Voting for Meira Kumar to protest against BJP ‘atrocities’: Mamata Banerjee

Ms. Banerjee said West Bengal was the biggest sufferer because of the diplomatic failure of the Narendra Modi government.

“Around 400 schools have been set up in Nepal to teach Chinese language”.

With the presidential elections underway in Parliament, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said her party, the Trinamool Congress, has voted for the Opposition candidate Meira Kumar to register protest against the “present atrocities” in the country.

The West Bengal chief minister also alleged that the Centre opened the global borders to create law and order problems in West Bengal.

“According to intelligence reports, miscreants from Satkhira, a Bangladeshi district neighbouring Basirhat, have entered into Basirhat and created trouble there”. People here believe in harmony and we thwarted their efforts. The Opposition plans to corner the government over these issues in the Monsoon Session that started on Monday and will continue till August 11.

“We have supported Meira Kumar in the Presidential polls”, Banerjee was quoted as saying by media. “We will go for an all-out attack against the BJP in the the Parliament”.

Speaking to ANI, BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) represented regressive politics and had been pursuing communal and vote-bank politics which did not represent the kind of politics that the BJP was following that is “sabka saath, sabka vikas”. This can not continue. We will keep fighting like tigers. “We will break but not bow down”, she added.

Demanding Mamata’s immediate resignation, Sinha further said that the TMC chief was making such “absurd” statement out of “frustration”.

“Bengal is sandwiched and so we are worst sufferers”. We are the victim of the circumstances. Bengal is bordered by Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh. “China is eyeing Chicken’s Neck corridor still Centre is not sending more troops there”, she added. The Modi government had ruined India’s ties with Bangladesh, Nepal, China and Bhutan. “We want cordial relations with Bangladesh”.

Emphasising that she has always been for sharing good relations with Bangladesh, Banerjee said she had spoken to the external affairs minister when an effigy of that country’s premier Sheikh Hasina was burnt by the VHP on 1 July. Why are the borders kept open? “What were the IB and SSB doing?” she asked. “How are people belonging to the Jamaat being allowed inside?”