oppn parties Super Emergency in Silchar. What About Bengal?

News Snippets

  • India reaches 700000 corona cases and 20000 deaths due to the disease
  • West Bengal plans to create a plasma bank for Covid patients
  • Chargesheet filed against arrested J&K police officer Devinder Singh and others. Singh accused of being a Pakistani informer
  • Very few people visit ASI monuments that were opened on Monday
  • Sensex gains 1500 points in four trading sessions in July
  • The Centre says final year university exams should be held in September and degrees should only be given on the basis of exams
  • Trade surplus for India in June for the first time in 18 years
  • Highway ministry increases the border roads upkeep fund by four times
  • Some scientists claim coronavirus is airborne and ask WHO to revise recommendations
  • PM Modi holds a meeting with President Kovind amid the border dispute between India and China
  • The Taj Mahal will remain closed even as other ASI monuments will reopen from today
  • 36 Vande Bharat flights to be operated between India and the US by Air India
  • Bungalow occupied by Priyanka Gandhi allotted to BJP MP Anil Baluni, the head of the party's media cell
  • Kerala extends coronavirus guidelines for one year
  • Ban on international flights extended till July 31
After four months of standoff, including a bloody clash, India and China agree on pulling back troops at the LAC
oppn parties
Super Emergency in Silchar. What About Bengal?

By A Special Correspondent
First publised on 2018-08-03 13:01:55

A TMC team was stopped at the Silchar airport and not allowed to enter the town. This led Mamata Banerjee to proclaim that a Super Emergency was being imposed in the country. But a little introspection would have shown her that when it comes to dirty tricks, her government is not behind anyone.

Remember January 2016. A BJP team, including MP S S Ahluwalia, was not allowed to go to Kaliachak in Malda district, which had witnessed communal clashes over the remarks of a BJP leader.

Move ahead to December 2016. The Dhulagarh area in West Bengal’s Howrah district witnessed communal clashes. A BJP team including MPs Jagadmbika Pal and Satyapal Singh was not allowed to visit the area.

Cut to July 2017. A state BJP team led by its president Dilip Ghosh was not allowed to visit riot affected areas in North 24 Paraganas. In quick succession, a Central BJP team including MPs Om Mathur, Meenakshi Lekhi and Satyapal Singh were also denied permission a few days later and stopped on their way to Bashirhat.

With the controversy over NRC heating up and with the TMC and Mamata Banerjee steering the debate in a slanted way, there was a possibility that the presence of the TMC team in Bengali-dominated Silchar could have inflamed passions and led to riots. The team was not allowed to enter Silchar as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.

There was no difference in what was done in Bengal on the above cited three occasions and what was done in Assam yesterday. So if the Assam action was a pointer to Super Emergency, what should one name what was repeatedly done in Bengal?