Birbhum, West Bengal:
BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Wednesday equated West Bengal with “blood”, referring to the incidents of post-polling violence in the state, saying it is not Bengal for business, as the Bangladesh global business summit wants to show.
Mr Adhikari’s comment contradicts the Bengal Global Business Summit theme “Bengal Means Business”.
According to the official website of the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS), this year’s sixth edition of the business congregation plans to “show the world that ‘Bengal business’ and explore more business opportunities, forge partnership and cooperation. “
The opposition leader slammed Ms. Banerjee, who outlined the eight-pillar strategy for developing the state as a global business hub, saying “syndicate government” is predominant in the state, leaving no room for industries to flourish.
“…Can’t have industries in Bengal, the land policy is bad. There is a syndicate here, be it coal… This is not Bengal for business, but Bengal for blood, and Bengal for ‘Birbhum-bomb’ ,” he told ANI.
Earlier this month, police recovered crude bombs in a plastic bag near a football field in Sikandarpur village in Birbhum.
The crude bombs were recovered as the Central Investigation Office is investigating the violence in the village of Bogtui that left at least eight people, including two children, charred.
After the violence in Birbhum, West Bengal police had raided to recover weapons and ammunition from across the state.
Asked if he had received the invitation to the international business summit in Bengal, Mr Adhikari said the opposition has no recognition in the state, claiming that the state government is “for the family, by the family”.
“There is no invitation… LoP in Bengal is not recognized. The system is such that it is for the family, by the family and the ‘Kalighat Banerjee family’…” he said.
The two-day ‘Bengal Global Business Summit’ kicked off on Wednesday at the Biswa Bangla Convention Center in Kolkata.
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