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A day after Union dwelling minister Amit Shah welcomed seven Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLAs, together with Suvendu Adhikari and three MLAs from different events into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a rally in Midnapore, the TMC on Sunday hit again with what it known as a truth sheet. Shat, on the rally, introduced a number of costs in opposition to the ruling get together and the state authorities.

TMC chief within the Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien, circulated knowledge on social media to counter Shah’s claims. Shah’s Sunday go to to Visva Bharati, Bengal’s solely Central college that was arrange by Rabindranath Tagore, was additionally criticized by the TMC and Left scholar unions.

“Shah claimed on Saturday that 300 BJP workers have been killed in Bengal in one and a half years. This is a lie. Many BJP workers are being killed in faction feuds. Even suicides are being passed off as political killings. Fact is that since 1998, 1,027 TMC workers have been killed. It is also on record that 116 BJP Lok Sabha members have criminal record,” stated senior TMC chief and panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee.

On Saturday, Shah defended Adhikari who was branded by the TMC as a traitor. “Didi (Mamata Banerjee) didn’t you leave the Congress and came to the TMC? Wasn’t it changing allegiance?” Shah stated.

“Mamata Banerjee did not leave the Congress to join another party. If a Union Minister tried to sell off the history of our country one needs to protest. Banerjee was not a defector. She set up the TMC, a new party, in 1998,” stated Mukherjee.

“Shah also claimed that people in Bengal do not get benefits under the Centre’s Ayushmann Bharat healthcare scheme. He does not know the facts. Banerjee started the Swasthya Sathi programme two years before Ayushmann Bharat was launched. Under this scheme, 1.4 crore families have been provided health insurance that covers expenses up to Rs 5 lakh per annum,” stated Mukherjee.

“Shah claimed that farmers in Bengal are deprived of Rs 6,000 per annum under the Prime Minister’s central scheme. Reality is that Bengal provides farmers annual assistance of Rs 5,000 per acre under the Krishak Bandhu programme. The Central scheme provides only Rs 1,214 per acre. Also, the Bengal government pays full insurance premium under Sasya Bima whereas the Centre takes part of premium from farmers,” stated Mukherjee.

“Shah had food at a villager’s home on Saturday and said the house was provided under the Prime Minister Awas Yojna scheme. This is another false claim,” stated Mukherjee.

“The Centre pays 60 per cent of the money under this scheme while the state pays the rest. Between 2011-2020, the state has built 33,87,000 houses costing Rs 39,993 crore. Under the state’s own Geetanjali Prakalpa, 3,90,000 houses were built at an expense of Rs 3,550 crore. Under the ‘Housing for All’ scheme, 4,30,000 houses were built. This cost the state exchequer another Rs 7,000 crore,” stated Mukherjee.

The TMC additionally countered Shah’s declare that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had despatched meals grains for individuals of Bengal and it was misappropriated by TMC employees. “Reality is that under Bengal’s Khadya Sathi programme, around 10 crore people will be provided free ration till June 2021. No government in the country has ever done this. This is an all-time record,” stated Mukherjee.

During the day, chief minister Mamata Banerjee condemned the Centre’s transfer to ship three Indian Police Service officers to different states. These officers had been accountable for the safety of BJP nationwide president JP Nadda’s convoy that was stoned in South 24 Parganas district on December 10.

TMC leaders stated chief ministers from non-BJP-ruled states have known as up Banerjee and expressed their solidarity on this problem.

“Centre is brazenly interfering with State Govt functioning by transferring police officers. My gratitude to @bhupeshbaghel @ArvindKejriwal @capt_amarinder @ashokgehlot51 & @mkstalin for showing solidarity to people of Bengal & reaffirming their commitment to federalism. Thank you!” tweeted Mamata Banerjee on Sunday.

On Sunday, Shah’s go to to Visva Bharati was additionally criticized by the TMC.

TMC leaders in Kolkata staged a protest in opposition to placards, with photographs of Shah positioned above Tagore, that had been discovered throughout Bolpur city on Friday. This triggered a robust response amongst residents. Claiming that the TMC had put up the placards to sabotage Shah’s go to, BJP employees rapidly eliminated them.

The TMC arrange a podium outdoors the Tagore household’s palatial dwelling at Jorasanko in north Kolkata and staged a protest. “The placards demeaned Tagore’s rich heritage,” stated Mukherjee.

The Students Federation of India, the scholars’ wing of the CPI(M), alleged that college students who opposed Shah’s go to to Visva Bharati had been pressured by the college authorities to withdraw the agitation.

“When the students refused to comply, the police put two student leaders under house arrest. SFI condemns this. We have always fought against saffronisation of educational spaces,” stated SFI nationwide common secretary Mayukh Biswas.

An official from the Santiniketan police station stated the police took no such motion.

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