The governor of West Bengal, Jagdeep Dhankhar today said those protesting against the Agnipath scheme are not “true Indians”. His comment comes at a time when several states in India are witnessing arson and violent protests, demanding to scrap the scheme.
During his address at Raj Bhavan, the governor criticised the protests against the Agnipath scheme, which stoked widespread controversy ever since its announcement. He questioned, “How can someone destroy public property like this? The people, who are resorting to this are not true Indians. Such protests are damaging to the democratic fabric. Nation has to come first.”
About 16 Left parties today brought out a rally in the city in protest against the scheme. The rally began from Ramlila Maidan and was headed towards Mahajati Sadan at Mahatma Gandhi Road. The CPM has maintained strong opposition against the scheme. The CPM central committee leader Sujan Chakraborty has said that this scheme was devised to create a private security force for the BJP. “This creates mercenaries. This is like a private army in the making.”
He further compared this recruitment scheme with the recruitment of civic volunteers in Bengal by the ruling state government. “In a similar way to how the chief minister, despite being asked to give proper appointment letters and social security benefits to these volunteers, refused to do so, the BJP government is doing the same with the lives of youths in our country through Agnipath scheme.”