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Tripura: TMC cries foul over alleged attack on Abhishek Banerjee, BJP hits back

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Agartala: The alleged attack on the convoy of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) general secretary Abhishek Banerjee while en-route to Tripureshwari temple on August 2 last has given enough ammo to lambast the ruling BJP-IPFT government demanding restoration of democracy in the state.

However, when the AITC leader Abhishek Banerjee was questioned by the media why he changed his plan at the last moment. He had said that there were technical errors and he had not asked anything but chose to travel by road.

“His response to a journalist which is available on record clears that the leaders had some plan or his party had planted the attack on their own leader to get political mileage from the incident,” Pradesh BJP spokesperson Nabendu Bhattachrya said.

He also said that the AITC leader had said that three of his personal security guards were injured in the attack by the people on August 2, but none of them were taken to any health centre or even reported to the local police.

“The AITC leaders are crying foul over the minor incident which also seems to have been plotted by their party leaders. The BJP does not endorse any violence in any form,” Bhattacharya added.

The convoy of Banerjee had come under violent attack from certain anti-social elements that had placed themselves on the route, said AITC leaders in a memorandum submitted to the Director General of Police (DGP).

“The anti-social elements were agents of BJP and were deliberately placed on the route by members of the BJP with the sole objective of disrupting Abhishek Banerjee’s journey and endangering his life and well being,” the memorandum reads.

It also cited that what was shocking was that these anti-social elements while holding BJP flags, were carrying iron rods and sticks and other articles which were meant to cause bodily harm to Abhishek Banerjee.

“Being a Member of Parliament and being one of the prominent faces of AITC, Abhishek Banerjee is entitled to “Z Plus” category security which he normally receives not only in the State of West Bengal, but also wherever he travels in and around the country,” the AITC leader added.

The leaders claimed that it seems that while the attack on the convoy of Abhishek Banerjee took place, the local policemen stood as mute spectators and let the BJP supporters take the law into their own hands threatening the safety and security of Abhishek Banerjee and his team.

The party also said that the road blockades were done every hundred meters on the way to Matabari which Abhishek Banerjee was supposed to travel in order to reach Tripureswari Temple.

“… it is for this reason that an FIR should immediately be drawn up and investigation be embarked upon to arrest all the people who had participated in such heinous acts and also to find out the modus operandi and the real motive behind the entire episode,” the memorandum copy reads.

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Agartala: In what appears to be a step to boost the morale of the government employees, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday asked the government employees to call him “Dada” instead of “Sir”. “Call me Dada, not sir. It enhances the warmth of the relationship”, Deb told a gathering of government employees.

Deb exhorted the government employees of the state especially ASHA and Anganwadi workers of the state asking them not to dishearten as the state government was eager to improve their pay structure.

“I salute the ASHA and Anganwadi workers of my state. The level of dedication that my sisters have shown during the pandemic period deserved applause. I know, they want to hear good news from me and I am assuring you all that this government will not disappoint anyone”, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb told a gathering of government employees at Badharghat sports school field organized by Vivekananda Vicha Manch (VVM).

VVM has emerged as a big platform of government employees, of late, and Sunday’s public rally was its first big gathering to thank the Chief Minister for the series of steps his government took for the welfare of the employees.

“I know what challenges you people are facing. Nothing is hidden in front of me. I am assuring you all everything will be taken care of in the due course of time”, he added.  Lauding the efforts of government employees Deb said, without them no government office can function.

“Due to the efforts of government employees, people can access the benefits of the state sponsored welfare schemes. But, for a prolonged period the employees did not get their right to do something freely. They were trapped in the clutches of unions. In the previous regime, Left sponsored unions used to enjoy supreme power which had reduced the whole work culture of the state to tatters. In 2018, you people showed courage and voted BJP to power”, said Deb.

“Despite fund constraints, the state government is positively working on the issues of DA and other factors pertaining to the interest of the government employees. Our government has already addressed a number of issues related to financial benefits. The ad-hoc promotion, increment for Group D, Group C employees, regularization of SSA teachers, seventh pay scale, UGC scale for professors, special benefit for LTC are to name a few. All these indicate what we want to do and we shall do what we promise”, the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister also asked the officials not to call him “sir” suggesting them to refer to him as “Dada” as it makes the relationship stronger and cherished. The Chief Minister also distributed clothes among children of Badharghat sports school during the programme. State BJP President Manik Saha, Minister Ram Prasad Paul, Minister Sushanta Chowdhury, MLA Mimi Majumder, state BJP Vice President and president of Vivekananda Vichar Manch Rajib Bhattacharjee also spoke on the occasion.

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