Babul Supriyo at the news conference in Asansol. Picture by Arup Sarkar
Asansol, July 19: Asansol BJP MP Babul Supriyo today urged chief minister Mamata Banerjee to defer her planned trip to Singapore and solve the problems plaguing industry in Bengal.
The MP, in whose constituency falls the Shyam SEL Power Ltd factory whose officials have brought charges of extortion threats against Trinamul leaders, said he would visit the steel plant.
Bengal BJP president Rahul Sinha said in Calcutta that after Supriyo visits the Shyam SEL factory, the party would begin a month-long agitation across the state against “Trinamul-sponsored terror” in industrial units.
At a media conference in Asansol, Supriyo said: “I would appeal to Didi (Mamata Banerjee) to defer her trip to Singapore to bring industries to Bengal and instead solve the serious problems disrupting normality at several factories in the state.”
“She should come to Asansol to see what is going on in the factories in this industrial town and solve the problems before flying to Singapore to bring industries and investment. The whole world is now aware that the atmosphere in Bengal is not conducive to investment and setting up factories. The state government has no interest in changing the situation and is instead taking the side of those against whom criminal cases have been lodged,” the MP added.
The government has announced that Mamata had chosen Singapore as the likely destination of her first foreign trip as chief minister. The trip could take place before Puja.
Supriyo said he would visit the Shyam SEL factory in Asansol’s Jamuria and speak to the management. “I will find out in detail what kind of problems the company is facing. I will try to solve the problems in whatever way I can. I plan to meet labour minister Malay Ghatak and urge him to look into the matter as the accused persons are Trinamul members,” he said.
State BJP chief Sinha said the alleged extortion threats by the two Trinamul members at Shyam SEL were “not a stray incident”.
“Instead of attracting investment, the ruling Trinamul is driving industrial units out by resorting to terror tactics. We will campaign against Trinamul-sponsored terror in industrial units,” he said.
Sinha said the BJP would take the movement to “every block of the state”.
BJP general secretary Asim Sarkar said a team of Bengal unit leaders would visit Delhi to apprise the central leadership of the “prevailing mess in Bengal’s industrial sector”.
The manager of an Eastern Coalfields Ltd mine in Asansol was allegedly kicked and punched by an INTTUC leader yesterday.
B.K. Singh, the manager of the GK Nagar colliery, was allegedly assaulted by INTTUC leader Chunulal Mishra when the official refused to allow 10 miners to work for coming late.
Mishra denied the allegations. Singh and Mishra have lodged police complaints against each other.