Easterntimes, kolkata, October 28: New Delhi: RSS-affiliated trade union, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), issued a statement on Wednesday claiming ruling Trinamool Congress workers attacked their members during an agitation on Nandigram, East Midnapore, while they were protests against the Centre’s labour reform laws and decision to privatise many of the public sector units (PSUs).
The statement said BMS protests under the “save public sector, save India” programme across the country had been peaceful except in Bengal.
With BJP gearing up to take on Mamata Banerjee’s ruling regime in assembly elections next year, RSS and all its affiliates have been working at building up a case against the ruling regime’s “failure to keep law and order” in the state.
Union home minister Amit Shah has also talked about imposition of President’s rule in the state before the polls, in a recent TV interview, saying of course it would depend on the governor’s report from the state.
BMS stated: “We are very pained to note that in Nandigram of East Medinipur district of West Bengal the protest demonstration by BMS, against the recently introduced labour reforms was attacked by TMC goons. These goons have severely injured the people who were protesting peacefully and many of the protestors are now admitted in hospitals. Some senior office bearers of BMS have also been targeted.”
The statement said, it has “organised protest demonstrations against the labour reforms introduced recently across the country at district and unit levels. This was in continuation of the ‘Sarkar jagao, PSU bachao’ and ‘Chetavni’ saptah. Our protests across the country were very successful and peaceful except in West Bengal.”
“Under these circumstances, we strongly demand that the hon’ble chief minister of West Bengal take steps to ensure that such incidents are curbed and don’t take place in future. We hope that the culprits of this violence are punished as soon as possible,” BMS general secretary Binoy Kumar Sinha said in the statement. He also requested the Centre to take immediate steps to curb the unchecked violence going on in West Bengal. “We strongly demand intervention from the central government to pull West Bengal out of this crisis,” he said.