Kolkata: Post disappointing performance of the opposition including Trinmool Congress (TMC), West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has gone into refurbishing mode. TMC has decided to hold door to door campaign to 'save Bengali culture'.
During the performance review party meeting Mamata said, “We are proud of Bengali culture. We will start door to door campaign on Bengali culture. We will spread the word of icons, from Mahatma Gandhi to Netaji, Bhagat Singh to Dr Ambedkar, Raja Rammohan Roy, Rabindranath, Vidyasagar, Nazrul, Matangini, Birsa Munda and others
She also went on to say that said a temporary statue of Vidyasagar will be installed at the same place where it was vandalised on May 14. A bronze statue is also being made. Another statue of Rabindranath will be installed near Presidency University and that of Ashutosh Mukherjee will be installed near University of Calcutta.
Deliberating on the draft education policy of the Centre which sought to make Hindi a compulsory language till the eighth standard, she said, "Every State has its own linguistic identity. Regional languages must get the priority. Everyone must have the freedom to choose. Everyone must be allowed to speak in a language of their choice. Unnecessary interference should not be made. No one can control everything."
Trinamool Supremo alleged that democracy was made a mockery by money power in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election and demanded return of ballot papers.
Talking to media persons after holding a threadbare discussion with her MLAs as a part of stock-taking exercise after the party's run-of-the-mill performance in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, Mamata Banerjee said, “Democracy has been made a mockery by money power in the hustings. There has been a rampant misuse of money, muscle, government and institutional power to win election. But despite all odds, our party workers have put up a brave fight in the election. "
"The BJP managed to win 18 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state because of the Left Front, " Mamata said adding, " The BJP managed only 18 seats not 23 as they were claiming, and that too because of the Left Front parties. But still we have managed to increase four per cent vote share," she iterated.
Stating that a fact-finding committee should be constituted to ascertain the details about EVMs, she said in order to save democracy ballot paper system must return in the polls.
"We want ballot papers back. We don't want EVM. Save democracy, bring back ballot papers," the Chief Minister said.
"We will run this campaign across country with all political parties. Even America has done away with it," said Banerjee adding, "Only two per cent machines are verified, 98 per cent are not verified."
She claimed that machines were not working and the one that were changed "were not programmed for fair polling. They were pre programmed for a party."
"One lakh machines are missing. EVM voting is not the verdict of people," TMC supremo declared. Her comments came in reference to the BJP's massive victory in the Lok Sabha election.
Mamata Banerjee has already conducted two meetings with the senior leadership to assess what went wrong in the general election - one on May 25 and another on May 31 - and this meeting is being viewed as a post-mortem of the actual reasons resulting in the party's lacklustre show even in areas which underwent a plethora of developmental activities.