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Scams in Jan Dhan, Ujjwala schemes: Mamata

Kolkata: Claiming that the scandals in the BJP-led NDA government have come out in the open due to disputes within the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Reserve Bank of India, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said more wrongdoings by the Centre will be unearthed in the future.

Banerjee claimed that there are scams within the central government schemes like the ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana’, that aims to provide affordable access to financial services, and the ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ under which LPG subsidy is being provided.

“They (Centre) are busy looting people’s money and scamming them in every way possible. Today, the cat is out of the bag due to the ongoing CBI and RBI controversies. In coming days, same things would happen in the Jan Dhan accounts or in case of LPG subsidy,” Banerjee said at a public rally in Jhargram district.

All the development in this region has been done by the state government. But some parties come here with bags of cash and alcohol before the elections and ask for people’s votes.

“You can take the money if you need it, but do not vote for them. Remember, the money they are distributing is not theirs, it is common man’s money,” she said in a veiled reference to the Bharatiya Janata Party.

The saffron outfit has increased its strength considerably in the tribal belt of Bengal, especially Jhargram, where it gained a majority in the last Gram Panchayat elections.

Terming the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) as worshippers of the demon king Ravana, the Trinamool Congress supremo accused them of selling their Gods to get votes.

“They worship Ravana, not lord Ram. They sell their Gods to get votes. That’s why they stoke fire of unrest in the country. We do not do that. Our Gods and Goddesses are like our mother,” Banerjee said.

Banerjee said that her government also provides special assistance to the people of Maoist-infested Jangalmahal, comprising Bengal’s western districts including Jhargram, and urged people to drive away the forces that practise division and intolerance.

“Those who spread false propaganda, try to divide people, and dictate terms on the basis of religion should be ashamed. Where were they when the people of Jangalamahal used to spend their life in fear? When the youths used to get killed at the hands of Maoists or get arrested by the police everyday?” Banerjee said.

“I urge the ‘Kanyashrees’ (girls) to convince their parents, family and children not to be with the divisive forces,” she added.-IANS