Featured Image: Trinamool rally in Kolkata against the killed of Malda man in Rajasthan.
Kolkata: ON a day Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced Rs 3-lakh aid to the family of Afrajul Khan of Malda brutally killed and burned in Rajasthan by a self-proclaimed custodian of Hinduism, the BJP state president advised her to create employment in Bengal so that people are not required to migrate for jobs.
During the day, the Chief Minister tweeted that apart from extending Rs 3-lakh aid, the state government will provide job to an eligible member of Afrajul’s family. She has also asked a team of Trinamool MPs and ministers led by Sougata Roy to visit the bereaved family in Malda.
The team has set out for Malda already and will go to Afrajul’s house tomorrow where his widow and one daughter live along with other family members. Mamata called up the victim’s wife Gulbahar during the day and assured her that the state government will stand by the family.
Reacting to this, BJP state president said that it seems the state government is overacting on the incident.
“Such isolated incident happens sometimes. This is unfortunate and should be dealt with firmly and the BJP government in Rajasthan will do so. But it appears that our Chief Minister is showing more concern than needed. She should stop overacting for political mileage,” Ghosh told a news conference in Kolkata today.
“It is alright for the government to support its people in distress. But in Birbhum and other districts, several minorities have been killed. Why her government is not coming forward to help them? Why the police are not putting a stop to relentless political violence?” he asked.
Ghosh said that the state government should realise why people from the state are required to go to states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, etc. looking for a livelihood. “There would have been no problem if they were not needed to go. Let the state government create jobs in Bengal to avoid recurrence of such sad and unfortunate incidents.”
In a related development, Trinamool youth wing led by Abhishek Banerjee took out a candle-light march from Hazra to the Gandhi statue on Mayo Road in the city against the killing of Afrajul Khan.
CPI-M took out rallies in Malda, Siliguri, and elsewhere in the state. The party will hold a protest march in Kolkata tomorrow from Dharmatala to Entally from 4 pm.