West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday released data in response to harsh criticism from Union Interior Minister Amit Shah on the performance of his government during his two-day visit to the state last week.
During a press conference in Calcutta, Mamata offered a point-by-point rebuttal to Amit Shah’s accusation to emphasize that Bengal has made good progress under the Trinamool congressional regime.
She released data from the National Criminal Records Bureau (NCRB) to claim that Bengal’s crime chart has plummeted over the past decade. Mamata highlighted that Kolkata has been awarded the ‘safest city’ label twice.
“When the country’s interior minister says something, it should be backed by facts, facts and figures. Bengal is ahead of other states in all development indices. They challenged me … so here is my answer,” said Mamata .
“According to NCRB data, political killings, other criminal incidents and rape cases have decreased under the TMC rule. Even suicides here now qualify as political killings. BJP leaders, while pointing fingers at others, should also speak out against the Hathras rape and murder incident in Uttar Pradesh, “added Mamata.
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The TMC chief said Amit Shah made his state seem like a land of nightmares, yet the reality on the ground was completely the opposite.
“He (Shah) made Bengal look like a land of nightmares. He made Bengal look like an underdeveloped state, out of work. Do you know what the situation was in Bengal 11 years ago? How does it compare? I have no objection to the truth, but if there is no truth to the criticism, I will challenge it. Amit Shahji owes me a gift. I love Dhokla and other Gujarati food, “Mamata joked.
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In interacting with the media at a press conference in Bolpur on Sunday (December 20), Amit Shah had accused the Trinamool Congressional government in West Bengal of failing to comply on several fronts. Shah said the state lags behind most other states in the country on several parameters, except for corruption and extortion.