West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday announced that she would resume her program ‘Didi Ke Bolo’ (Talk to Didi, known as Chief Minister) to listen to the problems of the people.
On Sunday, he announced, “If you have any problems, talk to me. We will start that program from April. Any incident of corruption can tell me directly.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Banerjee began his tour of North Bengal on Sunday. Before returning to Kolkata on 1 April, his itinerary included stops in the hills and plains.
‘Didi Ke Bolo’ was launched in 2019 as a publicity stunt and was overseen by IPAC. The approach was ‘Mamata to Janata’ (Mamata to the people). The Chief Minister gave a phone number so that people could lodge their complaints.
Party leaders were also instructed to get involved in the campaign.
It helped build image for the government, and Banerjee won the 2021 election by a landslide.
Political experts say the program is being re-launched to improve the government’s image amid the violence in Birbhum.
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On the other hand, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that the Birbhum incident proves the situation in Bengal, so it is just an eye-opener.
Meanwhile, a team from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) reached Bagtui village near Rampurhat town in West Bengal’s Birbhum district on Saturday and launched an investigation into the violence.
Unidentified men set fire to 10 houses in the village on March 21, killing at least eight people, including women and children.
The Calcutta High Court on Friday handed over the probe into the Birbhum murder to the CBI. The ruling TMC claimed that the opposition leaders were engaged in “narrow politics with corpses”, while the BJP accused the TMC of trying to protect the culprits.
In the loss-control mode, Banerjee assured that “no one will be spared” and alleged that some people were trying to “defame West Bengal”.
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