West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has stated that certain political parties are ‘spreading hatred’ with their ‘dangerous statements’. Stating that she was ‘ashamed’ to call out the names of such parties, the Chief Minister pointed out that such parties behave as if they are the only Indians ‘while others are Pakistanis’.
Speaking to the media, Banerjee also pointed out that her intent and that of her party was to seek a united India and not to ‘divide’ the country, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was pursuing politics that would destroy the ‘position of the Constitution’.
The Chief Minister also extended the aid of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the two slain jawans from Bengal in the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) – Bablu Santra and Sudip Biswas who were killed in the Pulwama terror strike carried out by terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway on February 14.
The attack had claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF men when a suicide bomber deployed by the terrorist outfit based out of Pakistan rammed his explosive-laden car into a convoy carrying the CRPF man.
Mamata Banerjee also announced that her government was willing to provide employment to one from the family of the slain soldiers if they seek service.
Speaking on the news of harassment of Kashmiris trickling in from across the country in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, the Chief Minister stated that ‘strong action’ had been taken in the one incident reported in her state. Calling Kolkata a ‘safe place’, Banerjee added that all Kashmiri students were welcome to stay here. Her government would provide ‘all security’, she reiterated.