Kolkata, Dec 16 (GCCurrentAffairs) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee kickstarted her mega rally in protest against the amended Citizenship Act in Kolkata on Monday.
The rally will happen over a span of three days.
Taking strong exception to Ms Banerjee’s decision to hit the streets against the amended Citizenship Act, West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday urged her to desist from “unconstitutional and inflammatory” actions.
He stated that the CM should devote her attention to restoring normalcy in the state, where violent protests over the law have been raging over the past three days.
“I am extremely anguished that CM and Ministers are to spearhead rally against CAA, law of the land. This is unconstitutional. I call upon CM to desist from this unconstitutional and inflammatory act at this juncture and devote to retrieve the grim situation,” Mr Dhankhar.
In another tweet, the governor gratitude to Intellectuals, filmmakers, actors and stage artists who urged protestors to shun violence
“Gratitude to Intellectuals, filmmakers, actors and stage artists who urged protestors to shun violence. Hope others in such category would similarly come forward. We are constitutionally obliged to follow law of the land and as Governor enjoined to ensure it and am at it,” he tweeted.
On Sunday In a series of tweets, Mr Dhankar said, “A delegation led by Member Parliament and BJP president Dilip Ghosh submitted a representation about the serious situation in the State and called for immediate intervention.”
“The situation was termed as internal disturbance and the virtual collapse of rule of law, ” he added.
He appealed to everyone including Government to follow law of the land, maintain peace and avoid violence.
” Earlier I had urged the Chief Minister to withdraw the advertisements forthwith indicating NO NRC and CAB. Unfortunately, there has been no response or action. How can a Government spend from public exchequer huge funds to challenge the law of the land! It is unconstitutional, ” he stated.
” Taking note of highly disturbing developments in the State that seriously compromise our constitution values and rule of law, both the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police have been called upon to seen me tomorrow at Raj Bhawan at 10 am and brief me on the situation, ” the Governor informed.
Earlier, talking to her Twitter handle, Ms Banerjee said, ” A mega rally will be held today in #Kolkata to protest against unconstitutional #CABBill & #NRC. It will begin at 1 pm near the statue of Babasaheb Ambedkar on Red Road & end at Jorasanko Thakurbari. ”
In another message, she said, ” Come, let us all, every section of society, peacefully join this people’s movement within the ambit of the law. ”
The rally began at 1 PM near the base of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s statue and will culminate at Jorasanko Thakurbari.
Ms Banerjee has appealed to people from all sections of the society to participate in the rally for people’s interest.
The Trinamool has had a consistent stand against CAB-NRC.
Ms Banerjee had earlier said, “We will never allow NRC exercise and Citizenship Act in Bengal. We will not implement the amended Act, even though it has been passed in Parliament. The BJP can’t just bulldoze the states to implement it.”
Several TMC leaders are taking part in a seven-km march against the CAA in Kolkata. The leaders have formed a human chain.
The TMC supremo had been vocal against the CAA and NRC and had earlier said she would not allow CAA and NRC to be implemented in West Bengal.
” We will never allow NRC and CAA in Bengal. No one will be ousted from the state. We believe in the coexistence of all religions, caste and creed, Ms Banerjee said as she read out an ‘oath’ for her party workers.
” All of us are citizens of this country, no one can take that away from us, ” she stated.
Meanwhile, agitators laid siege on the National Highway 60 at Chatra in Birbhum and protested against CAA and NRC by burning tyres
Train services in Tamluk-Haldia section of South Eastern Railway have been disrupted due to agitation and blockade at Basulyasutahata station on non-railway issue from 06.10 hrs this morning.
As a result, 38052 Haldia-Howrah local got detained in the section while 38051 Howrah-Haldia local was short terminated at Pasnkura, an SER spokesperson said.
Train services were disrupted in Howrah-Amta section also due to blockade at Amta station on non-railway issue from 07.05 hrs. today.
As a result, two Up Howrah-Amta EMU local and three Dn Amta-Howrah EMU local trains have been cancelled.
All obstructions were removed at Basulyasutahata station at 09.05 hrs after which train services resumed. Blockade at Amta was also removed at 11.35 hrs and normalcy in train services is gradually being restored.