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NCRB report on human trafficking is meant to demean Bengal: Mamata

SNS | New Delhi |

Buoyed by the recent victories at by-polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took on the Opposition in the state accusing them of “scheming and plotting” against the state government.

“I have always seen that they are always busy scheming, conspiring against, or foul mouthing, the Trinamool Congress and spreading confusion inside the house (state assembly). But they are not reasonable enough to listen to our answers. Because they cannot face me,” Banerjee said.

Banerjee, who was addressing the Assembly on Friday, 2 February, also claimed that National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data on women trafficking was a “political report to demean Bengal”.

She was referring to the NCRB data, released in November 2017, according to which West Bengal is recorded the highest number of cases of human trafficking in 2016.

“A total of 8,132 cases of human trafficking were reported in the country with West Bengal reporting the highest number of cases at 3,579,” the NCRB data revealed.

Claiming that West Bengal recorded only 948 cases of human trafficking, the CM told the Assembly that her government has asked the NCRB to offer a corrigendum.

“They didn’t consult us before publishing the report,” she said why accusing the Centre of playing politics.

She also accused the Opposition in the Assembly of using “cheap tactics of creating controversies”.

On Thursday, 1 February, Trinamool Congress won both the Noapara assembly seat and the Uluberia Lok Sabha seat.

While TMC wrested control of Noapara from Congress, it retained its hold on Uluberia. Both Congress and CPI(M) performed badly, while the BJP came second in both seats.

Banerjee said that the Congress and CPI(M) should not underestimate the verdict of the people and reflect on their failure.

The Opposition, however, said that it will continue to raise the voice of the people and accused Banerjee’s government of ignoring the questions of the people.