S S Ahluwalia slams administrative slackness for Baduria troubles in West Bengal

S S Ahluwalia slams administrative slackness for Baduria troubles in West Bengal


S S Ahluwalia slams administrative slackness for Baduria troubles in West Bengal


New Delhi: BJP MP from Darjeeling and Union Minister S S Ahluwalia today expressed anguish on administrative slackness on the part of West Bengal government to bring things under control in Baduria in North 24 Parganas district and said contrary to the violence in Baduria, the state government was more prompt in ordering army actions in Darjeeling hills. "Situation in Baduria is serious. I spoke to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and requested him for central intervention and if necessary to rush BSF personnel," Mr Ahluwalia told UNI here. The clashes between members of two communities have broken out in Baduria in Basirhat sub-division of the district over the objectionable post on Facebook, sources said here. Around 300 personnel of central paramilitary forces were being rushed to the state to assist the local police in containing the situation. In Kolkata, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee criticised the religious leaders of both the communities and warned them of strict action. The Opposition Left Front and Congress have demanded immediate deployment of army to control the situation at Baduria. West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said army ought to be called in "immediately" to bring things under control and to avoid any untoward incident. CPI(M) state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra demanded army deployment and suggested that leaders should stay away from "television debate on phone call". "All of us must stand united for peace. We have to defeat politics of polarisation," Mr Mishra said in Kolkata. Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Parliamentary Affairs Mr Ahluwalia said he is "keeping track" of developments in Baduria area. "It is ironical that army deployment was so quick in Darjeeling where people were protesting on language issue. But no such promptness here," he said. "Even over late night conversation I have been in touch with some local police officials. Things may turn ugly, but people must maintain calm," he said and urged the BSF officials to increase vigilance. Mr Ahluwalia said the unprecedented outburst of the Chief Minister against state Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi is uncalled for and unfortunate. Ms Banerjee yesterday slammed the Governor saying he has threatened her. “He (Governor) threatened me over the phone. The way he spoke taking the side of BJP, I felt insulted. I have told him that he cannot talk like this,” Ms Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat. The BJP leaders said the Governor was only discharging his constitutional duties and the Chief Minister should maintain decency while talking about the state Governor.

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