In a singular fashion of protest towards gas worth hike, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday commuted to and from state secretariat Nabanna on an electrical scooter. While on manner to Nabanna within the morning, Banerjee was seen driving pillion on the battery-powered electrical scooter pushed by minister Firhad Hakim.
TMC supremo herself took the driving force’s seat on manner again to her residence in Kalighat space from secretariat within the afternoon. With a placard protesting towards the petrol worth hike hanging round her neck, helmet-clad Banerjee waved at folks on each side of the highway through the seven-km-long journey from Hazra More to the state secretariat within the first half.
#WATCH | West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee practically falls whereas driving an electrical scooter in Howrah, as a mark of protest towards gas worth hike. She shortly regained her steadiness with assist and continued to drive. She is travelling to Kalighat from State Secretariat in Nabanna pic.twitter.com/CnAsQYNhTP
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On return, the CM, nonetheless, determined to drive the automobile herself at a sluggish velocity with Hakim and some safety personnel following her on foot. She drove the e-scooter until Rabindra Sadan-Exide Crossing when Hakim took it from her once more. But, because the scooter entered Harish Mukherjee highway, Banerjee was as soon as once more on the driving seat until reaching residence.
During return she took a special route passing by way of Vidyasagar setu-A J C Bose Road-Harish Mukherjee Road-Hazra to her residence. In the morning after reaching Nabanna following a 45- minute journey, Banerjee slammed the BJP-led authorities on the Centre saying, “We are protesting towards the gas worth hike.
The Modi government only makes false promises. They have done nothing to bring down fuel prices. “You can see the distinction in petrol costs when the Modi authorities got here to energy and now.” She said the TMC will launch a stir against fuel price rise from Friday.
With the state elections not too far, the TMC supremo is not missing any opportunity to score over her main rival BJP. Polls to 294-member West Bengal assembly are due in April-May this year.
“The BJP had promised free LPG connections to the folks earlier than coming to energy and now they’re mountaineering its worth,” Banerjee said. “Modi and Shah are promoting the nation. They are promoting the profit-making PSUs. This is an anti-people, anti-woman, anti-youth, anti-farmer authorities,” she said.
The feisty TMC chief also criticised the BJP government for renaming the Sardar Patel Stadium, popularly known as the Motera stadium, in Ahmedabad after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The manner they’re altering the names of stadiums, who is aware of they may change the title of the nation within the coming days,” she quipped.
Speaking on her unique way of protest, Banerjee said, “I rode on an e-scooter to protest the style by which petrol, diesel and LPG costs are rising. “A middle-class household needs two LPG cylinders a month which they can’t afford now. Over 1 crore people in our state also depend on kerosene which they are not getting now,” she mentioned.
The chief minister was trailed by safety personnel on different two-wheelers and two employed yellow taxis as different autos adopted her a little bit distance away. There was tight safety alongside the Hazra-Exide-AJC Bose Road-Vidyasagar Setu route.
Curious onlookers stood alongside the route of Vidyasagar Setu, A J C Bose Road and Asutosh Mukherjee Road to have a glimpse of Banerjee driving the scooter. The opposition events, nonetheless, referred to as her protest an “election stunt”.
“The CM is resorting to novel theatrics ahead of the elections but the state government is not doing its bit to reduce fuel prices,” BJP chief Jai Prakash Majumder mentioned. Congress Legislature Party chief Abdul Mannan mentioned, “This is nothing but an election stunt. Why is the state government not substantially withdrawing cess to blunt the effect of the fuel price hike to help the common man?” Left Front chief Sujan Chakraborty in contrast her gas hike protest together with her earlier driving pillion on a bike pushed by former PCAPA chief Chhatradhar Mahato through the Lalgarh agitation.
“Banerjee had ridden pillion on Chhatradhar Mahato’s motorcycle in the Jangalmahal region before coming to power in the state but later people of that region witnessed the TMC’s intimidation and terror,” he mentioned.