Mamata fumes at MLAs, bureaucrats, cops for below-par civic amenities

“The government will not take a bad name for the actions of some individuals. I don’t want master extortionists. I want people’s servants. If they cannot perform, they must leave. In the coming days, only those who work for the people will get tickets (to contest elections),” she said.

Banerjee named fire and emergency services minister Sujit Bose and held him accountable for encroachment in Rajarhat area near Kolkata.

“Government property and land are being encroached upon and it was being allowed for money. Government property is not anyone’s private property. I will not allow any illegal activity and encroachment,” she said, further alleging that those who encroached land “have voted for the BJP”.

The chief minister also holds the land and land revenue department.

She also named former Howrah mayor Rathin Chakraborty, who joined the BJP from the TMC, accusing him of ruining the city neighbouring Kolkata.

“Rathin Chakraborty ruined Howrah when he was the mayor. Illegal buildings have come up near (state secretariat) Nabanna. The police and everyone else involved have turned a blind eye to it. Do I have to look after everything?” she questioned.

The state secretariat is located in Howrah.

Banerjee also said she was aware that several TMC leaders, a section of the bureaucracy and the police were involved in raising money through illegal means.

The TMC chief also accused sub-divisional officer Amrita Roy Burman of neglecting Bally municipality, which is without a civic board.

She said that multiple interest groups have cropped up in every part of the state.

At the meeting, representatives from two civic bodies — Taherpur in Nadia district and Jhalda in Purulia district – were not invited, officials said.

Banerjee alleged that the MLAs were doing whatever they felt like taking advantage in those municipalities where the boards had not been elected.

“I will clean up the entire system and then go for fresh elections. If need be the clean-up should start from my home,” she said.

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