Monday, February 6, 2023

Meghalaya: BJP, NPP slam Trinamool Congress


The poll bound state on Thursday saw a war of words between the various contesting parties in Meghalaya. With TMC being in the line of fire, both BJP and NPP took their jibes at Mamta led party.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday termed West Bengal under the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government as a failed state with lawlessness, corruption and lack of development.
“There is no development in West Bengal and the law and order too is deteriorating under the TMC while corruption is rampant,” Meghalaya BJP president, Ernest Mawrie said
He exuded confidence that in the ensuing panchayat election in West Bengal, scheduled this year, the “BJP will win all the seats.”
Hitting out at the TMC further, Mawrie said the TMC’s poll promise to provide Rs. 1000 monthly to each woman of a household as a “lip service.”
As part of its poll promise, the TMC has assured Rs. 1000 to one woman of a household under its We card. This scheme was launched by TMC chief Mamata Banerjee in the state capital last year.
“We have collected information and the report suggests that WB is a total failure. There is no development,” Mawrie said.
He also appealed to the people of the state to give BJP a chance if they want development, peace and jobs for the youth.
On allegations of the Congress that the BJP is protecting the corrupts in the MDA government and are hand in glove in depriving people their rights, Mawrie said, the BJP has zero tolerance against corruption.
NPP describes Mamata’s poll promises ‘hollow’
Describing Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) chairperson Mamata Banerjee’s poll promises for the people of Meghalaya as “mere election promises”, the ruling National People’s Party (NPP) on Thursday urged citizens in this poll-bound state not to fall victim to such hollow promises.
The Mamata Banerjee party which is aiming to gain a foothold in Meghalaya after a poll debacle in Goa had launched a couple of flagship programmes — ‘WE Card’, or the Meghalaya Financial Inclusion for Women Empowerment Scheme (MFI WE) and Meghalaya Youth Empowerment (MYE) – – to empower the women and youth of the State.
Both the schemes assure a guaranteed financial assistance of Rs. 1,000 per month each to one woman and per household and unemployed youth of the state.
The NPP reiterated that the promises made by TMC chief Mamata Banerjee during her election meeting in North Garo Hills on Wednesday were mere poll gimmicks, which sound good only on paper and in publicity materials.
“They (TMC) have termed their baaki (credit) cards – ‘We Card’ and ‘MYE’ – as revolutionary without realising that such intervention, if could be done, will take any State on a debt trap, which has happened in the case of West Bengal,” the NPP said.
Stating that ‘WE Card’ Scheme is actually the rebranded name of the Lakshmir Bhandar Scheme of the West Bengal government, the NPP said, “the TMC government of West Bengal has a per capita debt of around Rs 59,000 crore in 2022-23, and this scheme is one of the reasons increasing this debt.”
“West Bengal’s accumulated debt for 2022-23 is expected to rise to 5.86 lakh crore, up from Rs 5.28 lakh crore as on March 31, 2022. The West Bengal government is already struggling with severe financial crunch and finding it hard to keep afloat its social schemes, and this scheme has also affected other schemes,” the NPP said
With such steep mountain of debts to clear, it is clear that the All India Trinamool Congress will also make Meghalaya fall into a debt trap, and leave its people to face the brunt of it.”
The TMC did not contest the 2018 meghalaya assembly elections became the main opposition party in November 2021 after 12 Congress defected to the Bengal-based political party.
Election to the 60-member Meghalaya Legislative Assembly will be held on February 25 and counting of votes will be held on March 2.

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