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Declassified Netaji files show Bose might been alive after 1945: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said that the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose files declassified by her government have letters showing he might have been alive after 1945 when he mysteriously disappeared and that his family was snooped upon.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. PTI

She also demanded that the Centre declassify files relating to the nationalist leader who went missing mysteriously 70 years ago.

“There are letters in the files where some people had said that Netaji might have been alive after 1945 (when he reportedly died in a plane crash),” Banerjee, who visited Kolkata Police Museum where the 64 declassified files are kept, told reporters.

“I did not get much time to go through the files. I have seen a bit of it and I have seen letters which were intercepted even after 1945 and documents which indicated that Netaji’s family was snooped upon,” she told the media.

Demanding that the Centre declassify files with it on Netaji, she said it is unfortunate that the mystery regarding his disappearance has remained unresolved for 70 long years.

“We do not know what happened (to Netaji). It is unfortunate. How long you can keep it under secrecy?” she said.

“This (declassification of Netaji files by her government) is the beginning of the future. The people should know the truth. Let the Central government also declassify the files on Netaji.

“Let good sense prevail on all of us. You cannot suppress the truth. Let truth come out. It will come out today or tomorrow,” Banerjee said.

Asked to comment on the perception that India’s relations with some countries might be affected if files on Netaji with the Centre were declassified, the chief minister said, “Now we have got independence. There is no harm in honouring those leaders who got us independence. We should salute them. Before declassifying the files we have seen that internationally nothing will happen. If we have bilateral relation with a country it is necessary to review it.”

On questions whether there was any attempt to hide something, she said, “What you can guess, I can also. Let the country face the reality. There is nothing to hide. Why don’t you (Centre) declassify the files?”

On whether there might be law and order problem after the declassification, she said, “I don’t think there will be any. It is a mere excuse. If there is any law and order problem, we are there to tackle it.”


Flood situation in Bengal rendered beyond control: CM Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: The excessive rain for the past two days coupled with high tide and water released from Jharkhand and Odisha has rendered the flood situation in West Bengal “beyond control”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Sunday.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. PTI

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. PTI

She advised people in vulnerable areas to take shelter in relief camps to avoid “untoward incidents”.

“In the last four years, there has been no flood like this year’s. So far, we have witnessed man-made floods and we have restricted them quite successfully. But the situation at present is rendered beyond control,” Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat Nabanna on Sunday.

“I know that it is difficult to stay out of home but life is priority. So you must stay in relief camps for two, three days,” Banerjee said, advising people in vulnerable areas to take shelter at relief camps.

Yesterday, I had said that there was 61 percent excess rainfall. Today, it’s 70 percent excess rainfall, she said.

Holding the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) responsible for releasing excess water resulting in floods in the state, Banerjee said, “DVC is doing business…We love them but that does not mean they will submerge Bengal.”

“Two years ago, we had written to the Centre that more than two lakh cusecs of water can be reserved in DVC reservoir only if dredging is done. I will again write to them,” she said.

The Chief Minister earlier held a meeting with Chief Secretary, DGP, IG Law and Order, IG Police and Disaster Management Secretary.


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Media houses criticising Bengal govt to please Delhi: Mamata

Panagarh: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday alleged that some media houses were criticising her government as they wanted to please Delhi.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said media houses are criticising her government to pleas Delhi. PTI

Urging people to “reject such adulterated news shops”, Banerjee said, “A few dalals are only indulging criticism.”

Addressing a programme at “Mati Utsav” in Burdwan district, she said, “Our courtesy is not our weakness. People who insult the soil of Bengal will not get our respect. We believe in courtesy. Our motto is for Change not Revenge.”

Hitting out at a section of the media, which, she said, was constantly spreading canards to show her government in bad light, Banerjee told the rally, “Just like you should never eat adulterated food, you should also avoid adulterated news.”

She said, “We work for the people. They have voted me to power. I am accountable to the people.”

Referring to his repeated visits to the districts to review the progress of implementation of various development projects, she said as long as she lived, she would travel across the state and interact with people. She said that the state revenue has witnessed an increase.

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“We have increased our revenues… It has increased from Rs 21000 crore to Rs 40000 crore,” she said adding, “the CPI-M incurred huge debts… the Centre is taking away a large part of our revenue. We do not have fiscal autonomy.”

Referring to her government’s efforts to bring investment in the state, she said, “We have received investment proposals worth Rs 2.4 lakh crore at the Business Summit recently held in Kolkata. One crore jobs will be generated”. Further announcement of investments at the Industrial Trade Fair, 2015 at Asansol would be made tomorrow, Banerjee said.

“We will provide skill development training to 10 lakh youths and within two or three years we will provide loans to 10 lakh youths after they completed their skill development training.

Banerjee reiterated that her government would not forcibly acquire land for industries. “We are against forcible acquisition”, she said while assuring the business community of government co-operation in an effort to put the state on the growth track.