Cong attacks TMC on women safety

Members of the West Bengal Mahila Congress Committee, along with other senior Congress leaders, took out a procession on Saturday protesting violence against women in the state. They also demanded to know why the culprits of Park Street rape were not convicted as yet and why CBI inquiries into cases like Piyali Mukherjee's death and the Saradha Group scam were not initiated by the state government.

Mahila Congress Committee national president said Mamata Banerjee, before she became the chief minister, had raised her voice against the atrocities by the CPI(M). "So people had voted for her with a lot of expectations but they find themselves betrayed. The BPL cards, which had become the property of CPM cadres, are now held by TMC supporters. The people who deserve the cards were and are still deprived," she said.

She added that Bengal contributed 13 per cent of the total crime committed against women in India and is at number three nationally.

She called it a shame because the chief minister is herself a woman.

Referring to the Food Security Bill, she said, "It was a dream of the Central government that no one should sleep hungry but the state government failed to implement the bill in Bengal. There are several projects that the Centre had framed for all states, irrespective of which party is ruling the state, but improper implementation at the state level has led to failures. In Bengal, there are no proper school and hospital facilities. The poor are growing poorer and the ministers are growing richer," she said, citing the example of Saradha scam.

Taking a dig at CM's performance review meeting held Friday, senior Congress leader Manas Bhuniya said: "Mamata herself holds the police, minority, health and land departments. How many points should she be rated with?"

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