Houses of all BJP Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) in West Bengal will likely be gheraoed if provident fund and gratuity advantages aren’t offered to over 3 lakh tea backyard staff within the state by the tip of this 12 months, senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Abhishek Banerjee stated on Sunday.
Addressing a rally of tea staff in Jalpaiguri district’s Malbazar, Abhishek Banerjee requested the social gathering’s commerce union to begin a protest programme demanding PF and gratuity from Monday itself and lodge police complaints in opposition to tea backyard house owners who refuse to supply these advantages.
“BJP leaders are like migratory birds, they come before the elections, make big promises and fly out after the elections without fulfilling those. The Centre promised to take over seven closed tea gardens but did nothing, while the TMC government in the state ensured that all closed tea gardens become operational once again,” he stated.
“Though Narendra Modi was a tea seller, he did nothing for the tea garden workers. Providing Provident Fund (PF)and gratuity benefits are the responsibilities of the Centre. I ask you all to start protesting on the issue from tomorrow itself. File police complaints against tea garden owners who refuse to provide these. And if the issues are not addressed by the end of this year, then houses of BJP MLAs and MPs will be gheraoed from January,” he added.
Abhishek Banerjee, a Lok Sabha MP and the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, promised the tea staff that the state will arrange 31 creches for his or her kids within the subsequent six months, main well being centres, and supply them with clear ingesting water and land rights.
“The basic wage was Rs 67 during the Left rule in the state and it has now been increased to Rs 232. The new wage will be implemented in the next three months,” he stated, noting that he’ll take the calls for of the tea backyard staff to Delhi.
The bulletins by Abhishek Banerjee, the TMC’s nationwide common secretary, are being seen as a bid to wrest the tea belt of the state from the BJP, which gained all of the seats within the area in 2019 Lok Sabha polls and continued the streak by profitable essentially the most variety of seats in final 12 months’s meeting election.
Asserting that his social gathering will struggle in opposition to all strikes to divide the state, Abhishek Banerjee stated he was additionally in opposition to phrases equivalent to ‘north Bengal’ and ‘south Bengal’.
“There are talks about carving out Coochbehar with parts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal to create a separate state or territory. We will not allow that,” he stated.
“TMC will fiercely oppose any attempt to create a separate state. Even I am opposed to casually referring to the region as north Bengal, and districts in the southern region as south Bengal. Why such terms?” he requested.
Abhishek Banerjee additionally hit out on the BJP, alleging “misuse” of Enforcement Directorate(ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) to harass its political opponents.
“(Law minister) Moloy Ghatak’s house was raided but only Rs 14,000 in cash could be found. Why people who looted crores of rupees of public money and provided shelter by the BJP are being spared?” he requested.
On hypothesis of his “new Trinamool Congress”, Abhishek Banerjee stated he by no means meant that the social gathering will eliminate old-timers.
“I meant we will continue to reflect the aspirations of people and voice their wishes. We will fix mistakes if any during the journey,” he defined.
“If anyone commits any wrong, if anyone cheats people, the party will not stand by him. Remember that TMC took action against such offenders,” he claimed.
The BJP stated it was not giving a lot significance to Abhishek Banerjee’s rally, claiming that the individuals of the state have already turned their faces away from the TMC.
“His rally will not cut much ice as people of Bengal have turned away from the TMC. Also, let me ask why he did not care about the condition of tea gardens all these years. The Modi government and our party MPs are doing everything to improve their condition,” BJP state spokesperson Samik Bhattacharya stated.
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