Mamata Banerjee promises to end politics of vandalism in Bengal
Lashing out at the Left Front, the Trinamool Congress chief said �politics of vandalism� has lasted in the state during its 34-year-long rule
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday termed the "politics of vandalism" in the state as a "challenge" and said she would put an end to it. While addressing a felicitation programme of eminent sports personalities at Netaji Stadium in Kolkata, she said, “All these years, the state has witnessed the politics vandalism, but I will not allow it anymore. I will put an end to this politics of vandalism. It is my challenge.”
Mamata Banerjee asked the opposition parties to instead to start a discussion. “This politics of vandalism cannot go on forever. If needed, parties can come forward for discussions or submit deputations. They should know that it takes a long time to build something, but only a day to destroy it,” she said.
Lashing out at the Left Front, the Trinamool Congress chief said “politics of vandalism” has lasted in the state during its 34-year-long rule. “After playing the politics of vandalism for 34 years, CPM has forgotten to construct. Bengal is progressing now, so, do not try to cause any hindrance. We want to see positive work, not destructive activities,” The Indian Express quoted Mamata as saying.
She also raised the Congress' choice to ally with Left Front in the state. Going against the BJP Mamata said: “Delhi is threatening us almost every day. People are eyeing West Bengal. They have become greedy for West Bengal… But, West Bengal is not that weak. It’s capable of facing them.”
The Chief Minister went on to announce that Rs 5 lakh each would be given to all sports bodies in the state to nurture Olympic talents. She added that Rs 50 lakh would be given as financial aid to 13 to clubs in Kolkata for developing sports in the state.
Dipa Karmakar, who was placed fourth in gymnastics at Rio Olympics, was honoured with "Ananya Samman". “I am honoured to receive this award. Despite not being from the state, the affection and respect I have got from West Bengal is overwhelming,” said Karmakar.
Mamata asked Dipa's coach Bisheswar Nandi to set up an academy in the state. “I have told Dipa that we will help her in case of any difficulty,” she said.