Monday, 29 November, 2021

Withdraw extension of BSF’s jurisdiction

Mamata urges Modi

Withdraw extension of BSF’s jurisdiction

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New Delhi:  After being elected Chief Minister for a consecutive third term, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time on Wednesday and demanded the withdrawal of extended jurisdiction of BSF.

She called on the premier at Prime Minister’s office at the south block in the evening.

“Among many issues, I raised concern over the recent union home ministry's order to extend the jurisdiction from earlier 15 km to 50 km from the international border,” Mamata told reporters at a briefing after the meeting.

She said, “Recently BSF has killed many of our innocent citizens in different districts of West Bengal. As India is a federal country, the Center should make the system stronger. But if the jurisdiction of BSF is increased there is bound to be conflicts with the state law enforcing agencies. According to the Indian constitution, law and order come under the purview of the provincial government.”

She also told Modi that a few days ago BSF was firing indiscriminately at people, leaving three people killed in the Cooch Behar district of north Bengal.

The same thing often happens in many districts like north and south Dinajpur, Maldaha, North 24 Pargansas and in the international border area, she said.

“If you want to get support from the state governments, you cannot curtail the federal power of the state. You should have a meeting on this and a recently issued government order should be revoked. BSF should duty along the international border, not within the area under the jurisdiction of the state."  Responding to a question, Mamata said the premier assured her of looking into the matter.

Recently Union home ministry has issued an executive order to increase the patrolling area of BSF from 15 km to 50 km along the international border.

After this order, Punjab and West Bengal assembly have passed a resolution for revoking the Home Minister’s order.

During the meeting, Mamata for the first time invited Prime Minister in Kolkata to inaugurate an international business summit to be held in April.

She said the premier accepted the invitation.

“There might be political differences between BJP and TMC but for the development of the state both should work together,” she said.

Generally, whenever Mamata visits Delhi she meets Congress president Sonia Gandhi. But this time she is refraining from meeting Sonia Gandhi.

“I have not sought any time for meeting Sonia Gandhi,” she said. The West Bengal chief minister is on a four-day visit to New Delhi ahead of the Winter Session of the Parliament. During her visit, she met several politicians, including BJP's Subramanian Swamy who has been critical of the party leadership on various issues. She also inducted former Congress leaders Kirti Azad and Ashok Tanwar in an attempt to increase Trinamool's national footprint.