Today, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stated that she will raise a strong objection to the extension of the Border Security Force’s (BSF) jurisdictional area in the state from 15 to 50 km from the international border with Bangladesh. The issue will be discussed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday.
Addressing the media at the Kolkata airport, CM Banerjee clearly stated that she will not allow the Centre to control the law and order which is a state subject. “We have respect for the BSF but we will not allow it to control our areas. The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is using Central agencies to establish its authority,” Banerjee said.
Back on November 17, the Bengal legislative assembly had passed a resolution against the Centre’s October 11 order that extended the jurisdiction of the BSF in Punjab, Bengal, and Assam. The international border of Bengal is the longest among all Indian states. Meanwhile, BJP-ruled Assam, which also shares a border with Bangladesh, has raised no objection.
CM Banerjee is also scheduled to raise issues related to the development of Bengal at the meeting with PM Modi. Keeping in mind the Tripura violence she expressed concern. “There is no democracy in the BJP-ruled Tripura. This is a farce in the name of election. Tripura is burning,” she added.
Reaching Delhi, Banerjee is scheduled to meet the members of Parliament who are staging an agitation outside the office of Amit Shah. Comparing the alleged attacks on the TMC in Tripura and NHRC probe into post-poll violence in Bengal, she reiterated that the TMC did not stop any BJP leader from campaigning in Bengal in the recent assembly polls.