Suri (WB): Facing protests from people for taking “reduce cash,” a nearby leader of the Trinamool Congress in Birbhum district on Tuesday lower back around Rs 2.25 lakh to over 100 beneficiaries of government schemes from whom he had taken it as fee and apologized to them.
Trilochan Mukhopadhyay, a TMC sales space president on the outskirts of district, headquarter town Suri, returned the quantity he had taken for presenting jobs to 141 people under the MGNREGA scheme. “I have apologized to the people and returned the money. I promise I won’t do it once more,” Mukhopadhyay said.
The development came days after neighborhood people staged a demonstration out of doors his residence traumatic instant return of “cut cash” he has taken in the past few years. An assembly of gram panchayat turned into called, and he changed into pressured to return the money.
Each of the 141 people was given around Rs 1,600. Local human beings claimed that a complete of around Rs 2.Forty one lakh was deposited within the bills of the beneficiaries as wages for the development of a drain and Mukhopadhyay accumulated almost it all with the aid of force.
TMC block president Nurul Islam stated it is a good initiative to pay the ones beneficiaries who had worked simplest for three-four days. “A segment of media is trying to project it wrongly,” he stated.
BJP nation president Dilip Ghosh stated this is only a starting. “In the approaching days, senior TMC ministers and leaders may also go back cut money taken from the people,” he stated.
Protests and demonstrations have rocked numerous parts of the country for the past one week over the traumatic return of the “reduce cash” allegedly taken by using elected representatives of the ruling TMC from beneficiaries of government schemes.
On Tuesday, sit-in demonstrations were held in North 24 Parganas and Birbhum districts over the same call for.
TMC leaders at the municipal and panchayat degrees have also been dealing with public ire in different districts which includes Cooch Behar, Jalpaiguri, Burdwan, Malda, Purulia, Nadia, West Midnapore, Bankura, and Kolkata.
Leader of opposition in country assembly Abdul Mannan and senior CPI(M) chief Sujan Chakraborty had demanded that the state government immediately form an inquiry commission to inspect the difficulty.
The protests rocked the state after Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s recent caution to party leaders that those involved in taking cut cash from government schemes and different corrupt practices could be positioned in the back of the bars.
At a meeting with TMC councillors, Banerjee had said, “I do no longer want to keep thieves in my birthday party. If I take movement, they may be a part of a few other parties. Some leaders are claiming a 25 percent fee for presenting housing grants to the negative. This ought to forestall right away. Return the cash if any of you’ve got taken it.”
In the wake of the protests, the TMC management Sunday accused the media of misreporting the interactions among Banerjee and the birthday celebration leaders and said “ninety-nine. Ninety-nine in step with cent” of party functionaries have been difficult-running and dedicated to paintings for the advantage of the people.
In an assertion on Wednesday, Banerjee had given a name to the Left and the Congress to build a joint the front against the BJP in Bengal. Speaking on the meeting, Banerjee stated, “I even have apprehensions that the BJP would change the Constitution of India. I think everyone, which include the Left and Congress, has to join arms to fight the BJP.”
This is for the first time that the Chief Minister brazenly sought to join arms along with her once-arch competitors to defeat the bigger enemy at domestic.
In a terse response to Banerjee’s overtures, senior CPM chief and former MP Mohd Salim stated the TMC had misplaced the moral proper to offer a call for a collective fight.
“We can’t say approximately the Congress, but CPI(M) is beneath no compulsion of saving @MamataOfficial’s career. She has misplaced the moral right of even giving this call of combating the BJP in Bengal. The TMC does now not have any credibility to fight fascism.”
The Trinamool Congress has been plagued using desertions in its ranks after the BJP ratcheted up its attack at the ruling birthday party submit its victory in 18 Lok Sabha seats in the just concluded widespread elections