Mamata Banerjee (Photo Credit: IANS)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday urged the people of the state to bring Bangla language forward. The Chief Minister further asserted that she will not tolerate criminals who stay in Bengal and roam around on bikes.
Addressing a public rally, she said, “We have to bring Bangla forward. When I go to Bihar, UP, Punjab, I speak in their language, if you are in Bengal you have to speak Bangla. I will not tolerate criminals who stay in Bengal and roam around on bikes.”
The West Bengal Chief Minister further accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of pitting Hindus against Muslims. She further said, "Outsiders are instigating the doctors. I had rightly said that they were involved in yesterday's protest. I had seen some outsiders raising slogans (at SSKM hospital)."
Alleging that EVMs in the recently held Lok Sabha elections were programmed, Mamata Banerjee also said that ballot papers should be brought back for conducting polls. "Just because they (BJP) won a few seats by programming the EVMs, it doesn't mean that they can beat up Bengalis and minorities. We will not tolerate this," the chief minister added.
The statement comes from Mamata Banerjee at the time when the situation is not ideal in the state. Several medical bodies including the Indian Medical Association (IMA) had called doctors' strike across the country to protest over rising violence against the medical fraternity after a junior doctor of Nil Ratan Sarkar (NRS) Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata was allegedly attacked by the relative of a patient who died on June 10.
The doctors in other states have also joined the protest, putting the agitation firmly on the national stage. In the meantime, more than 250 doctors in West Bengal have submitted their resignation over violence against doctors in the state.
Earlier, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan and West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi had appealed to the agitating doctors in the state to resume duty in the interest of patients.