Mamata Banerjee says allegations of EVM tampering must be probed

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday demanded a probe into the alleged tampering of EVMs in the recently-concluded assembly elections.

“You can’t win elections every time by hijacking EVMs. I didn’t contest but had I done so, I would have counted from one to ten. Those who had contested the elections, should have demanded a probe,” she said.

“I think there should be a probe. Even the ones that were used in the polls, they should be subjected to a sample survey,” Mamata Banerjee said at a public rally in Kharagpur.

The Trinamool Congress Chairperson also slammed the central government’s decision to lower the interest rate in small savings scheme by 0.1 percent. “This is why chit funds flourish. There are no chit funds in our regime. One day CPI-M, Congress and BJP will have to answer for them,” she said.


ইভিএম কারচুপির অভিযোগের তদন্ত হোক, চান মুখ্যমন্ত্রী

সোমবার খড়্গপুরের এক জনসভায় ইভিএম কারচুপির অভিযোগের তদন্ত চাইলেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়।

“ইভিএম কারচুপি করে সব সময় জিততে পারবে না বিজেপি। আমি (উত্তরপ্রদেশ বিধানসভা নির্বাচনে) লড়িনি। যারা লড়েছে তাদের আগেই তদন্ত চাওয়া উচিত ছিল,” তিনি বলেন।

“আমার মনে হয় তদন্ত হয় উচিত,” বলেন মমতা বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়।

এদিন, স্বল্প সঞ্চয় প্রকল্পর সুদের হার কমিয়ে দেওয়ায় কেন্দ্রকে আক্রমণ করেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। তিনি বলেন এর ফলে চিট ফান্ড বাড়বে। “আমাদের সময় কোনও চিট ফান্ড তৈরী হয়নি। সিপিএম, বিজেপি, কংগ্রেসকে মানুষের কাছে জবাব দিতে হবে,” বলেন তিনি।

Dola Sen makes a Zero Hour Mention on compensation for Sardar Sarovar Project

Deputy Chairman Sir, my subject today is regarding families affected by the Sardar Sarovar project; many of whom are Adivasis. Sir, as of today, many families affected by the project are still residing in the submerged areas spread over 214 sq km. Many schools, dispensaries, dharamshalas, ration shops, temples, mosques and other public amenities, cultural and market centres, shops and panchayats are yet to be shifted from the submerged areas to new sites.

Many families from Madhya Pradesh who were declared affected in the 1980s have been excluded from the backwater-affected category. Most of their properties have already been acquired and transferred in the name of the Narmada project authority. Not only that, a number of affected Adivasi families from Maharashtra are also yet to get any or all of the agricultural lands, house plots allotted with titles and amenities in place of the RR (remediation and redevelopment) sites in their possession and are yet to shift to new sites. Thousands of the Sardar Sarovar Dam-affected families from hamlets in Madhya Pradesh, including fishermen, porters, labourers, shopkeepers and artisans have reportedly not been granted rehabilitation benefits.

It is also ironical that no concrete action has been taken against middlemen and officials who are held responsible for more than 1,500 fake sale deeds and against the massive corruption in other aspects of rehabilitation. Their offences have been recorded by the Justice Jha Commission after a seven year-long enquiry.

Sir, an alarming fact is that a huge amount of water from the Sardar Sarovar Reservoir has been allocated to a Coca-Cola factory and to car industries like Nano and Ford, depriving the people – living in vast municipal areas of Gujarat, particularly in Kutch and Saurashtra – from adequate drinking water,. I demand that a White Paper be published regarding the Sardar Sarovar Project. Thank you, Sir.

WB CM expresses concern on rising incidents of Swine flu

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today expressed concern over the increasing rates of swine flu in the country.

The CM today expressed distress over the matter saying:

“The incidents of Swine Flu have been on the increase. Certain diseases become a matter of concern. But instead of getting panicky, we must work together to widely spread awareness about the do’s and don’ts to prevent it as much as possible.

As of now, 833 deaths have taken place due to Swine Flu this year in the entire country of which, the number of deaths are 214 in Rajasthan, 207 in Gujarat, 112 in Madhya Pradesh, 99 in Maharashtra, 51 in Telengana, 33 in Karnataka, 20 in Haryana, 10 in Andhra Pradesh, 8 in Delhi, etc.

Despite all our efforts and making available necessary medicines, 5 unfortunate deaths, including 1 patient from Mumbai, have taken place in our State so far.

It is time for the Central Government, State Governments and NGOs to work together to take all necessary remedial measures.”

The CM also expressed concern on the same matter over Twitter.