Law and order situation in the state is grim and West Bengal government should do everything in its power to improve it, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said yesterday.
Addressing a Press conference he said it was a matter of grave concern the way crude bombs were manufactured in the state. The Centre was ready to provide every possible assistance to the state government to improve law and order situation, he said.
Asked whether he would speak to the chief minister over the attacks on BJP workers in different parts in the state, he said, “law and order is a state subject but the state government should take steps to provide adequate security to the workers of Opposition parties.”
Asked about the CBI investigation into the multi core Saradha scam he said "as you sow, so will you reap."
Asked whether the Trinamool government’s relationship with the BJP has improved in the past few months, he said the Centre was eager to improve relationship with all the state governments as that was needed for the country’s development.
Referring to the performance of the BJP-led NDA government, he said from "an age of despair we are all moving towards an age of hope." Lambasting the previous UPA government he said "it was a government of scams. There were so many scams like the corruption over the purchase of helicopters and submarines but even the greatest critic of the BJP-led NDA government will not be able to find any corruption in the past one year. It is a clean government and has earned full faith of all cross sections of people.”
Calling the present government’s performance as "extraordinary" he said it had earned respect of foreign countries who feel that India’s economic growth was the fastest among the G20 countries.
Talking on India’s relationship with neighbouring countries, he said the Indo-Bangladesh border issues had been resolved and hoped that the Teesta agreement over distribution of water would be inked.
"India wants to maintain cordial relationship with the neighbours, but the Centre will not tolerate any anti-India slogan like "Pakistan Zindabad" by anyone and stringent measure will be taken against the person," he said.
Later, speaking at a rally at Satyanarayan Park in Burrabazar area, Singh lashed out at the ‘young Congress leader’ (without naming Rahul Gandhi) for questioning the ‘utility’ of prime minister’s ‘frequent’ foreign tour, and said that the Prime Minister had largely succeeded in refurbishing the country’s image abroad, particularly in improving bilateral ties with the neighbours.
Singh said that the vexed Sino-Indian border issues were sought to be amicably settled during Modi’s recent China visit, adding that the visit was ‘very successful’ and it was expected to yield positive results soon.
About the NDA government’s handling of the Pakistan issue with regard to the frequent violation of ceasefire by Pakistani troops along the LoC, the minister said that after five Indian jawans were killed ,troops were asked to act immediately whenever such situation develop ‘in a clear departure from what was the practice during UPA regime’.
‘Pakistan is made to respect India now, but our government’s policy is to keep healthy and friendly relations with all the neighbouring countries’, he said.
Singh said that it was also the priority of the Centre to ensure security of all Indian nationals residing along the LoC and close to the border areas.
Turning to the success card of the Modi government with regard to industrial progress, he said ‘Make in India’ slogan of the Prime Minister yielded tremendous response both from domestic and foreign investors. ‘We are on the way to produce super quality items at par with international standard which will stop import in coming days’, he said.
The BJP leader said that under Modi’s leadership, many issues were resolved in last one year ‘and many others are under process’.
State Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee lashed out at Singh for his comments on deterioration of law and order in the state. Chatterjee said, "we have observed that Rajnath Singh made this comment only to please his party cadres but in reality the law and order situation in West Bengal is far better that any other states.’
Chatterjee also said that Singh’s comment on sharing of Teesta water especially at this juncture is uncalled for and unwanted. The minister said when both the countries are on good terms and the state has good ties with the neighbouring country, Singh’s comment on sharing of Teesta water without consulting the state "does not go well with us.’