KOLKATA: The raging difficulty of reducing cash has brought on huge-scale protests towards Trinamool Congress’ elected representatives and leaders throughout West Bengal, with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee bringing the issue to the fore as a part of a political method aimed toward a picture makeover after the celebration’s setback within the Lok Sabha polls.
But analysts say there is a high possibility that the pass can also backfire. However, there may be additionally a phase of commentators who feel the Trinamool supremo’s “disruptive techniques” may deliver dividends to the birthday celebration ultimately if it can provoke corrective measures, with the latest unrest acting as a ‘safety valve’ to carry out humans’ frustrations and grievances centering authorities functioning over some of the troubles.
It all started on June 10 — about two-and-a-half of weeks after the Lok Sabha effects which noticed the BJP’s tally in the kingdom go up to an unheard of 18 from 2 in 2014, at the same time as the Trinamool’s seat count number dropped to 22 from 34 5 years back — amid rampant allegations of corruption and fleecing of poor humans against the functionaries of the ruling celebration.
The Chief Minister opened a tracking cell underneath her for “program implementation of presidency schemes and redressal of grievances/court cases”, and made public a toll-loose number for registering the allegations.
The mobile in-rate Colonel (retired) Diptangshu Chowdhury alongside together with his crew individuals turned into requested to visit the districts and engage with the beneficiaries who’ve been “denied authorities welfare scheme blessings or confused against receiving such benefits”.
The cell has acquired close to 1,500 court cases thus far. Then at a celebration councilors’ assembly on June 18, Banerjee lashed out in opposition to a segment of party functionaries for taking reduce cash (study bribe or commission) from people for imposing government welfare schemes and requested them to go back such amount to people who they’ve fleeced.
Within days, the protests commenced, as locals staged demonstrations or laid siege out of doors the houses of Trinamool leaders, councilors and panchayat functionaries, accusing them of taking reduce cash and demanding the return of those amounts.
Over 40 such protests had been held so far. Facing such unparalleled public wrath, a number of the accused have either again the cash or given written undertakings promising to go back the quantities they’d taken from beneficiaries for schemes along with the ‘Banglar Bari Awas Yojana’.
Gauging the general public temper, the authorities tightened the screws, asking the police superintendents to initiate instances on proceedings of accepting reduce cash below Section 409 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) coping with criminal breach of agreement with by using any public servant. The most punishment beneath the phase is life imprisonment.
So a long way, 18 of the accused were arrested and 50-a hundred more ought to land in prison soon, said a source connected to the tendencies.
However, contrary to some reviews, political strategist Prashant Kishor — roped in by the Trinamool to help the party after the electoral setback — is not the brain in the back of the birthday celebration’s cut cash game-plan. The method become discussed and accepted by Banerjee a good deal before Kishor’s arrival within the kingdom.
“Banerjee is the architect of the method, and nobody else,” stated Chowdhury, who is believed to have performed a top component in devising the sport-plan.
In truth, sources declare that Kishor has reservations approximately the manner the birthday party supremo has dived headlong to take on rampant corruption.
However, Chowdhury said the impact on the public has already been stupendous. “We are every day receiving loads of congratulatory messages. There is an amazing public acknowledgment that for the primary time in India, a lady, a Chief Minister, is status up towards corruption,” the previous navy man advised IANS.
“Wherever the monitoring cellular group participants are going, it’s far sending shivers down the spine of corrupt administrative officials and public representatives,” he brought.
Political analyst Udayan Bandopadhyay shared Chowdhury’s optimism. “Because it rigged the panchayat polls final 12 months, Trinamool had no idea about the troubles which have turned people in opposition to it.
“The cut-money unrest has been fanned in a calculated manner, for you to provide a safety valve to the human beings grievances on more than one problems like appeasement or attitude of Trinamool leaders or the torture they’ve inflicted on the hundreds.
“This will help the birthday party better understand the general public pulse and adopt strategies thus in rebuilding its guide base,” Bandopadhyay advised IANS.