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Wednesday, April 24 2024
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Mamata Banerjee: BJP Victory Could Spike Gas Prices to ₹2,000

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Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal and leader of the TMC, claimed on Thursday that the government would increase the cost of a cooking gas cylinder to ₹2,000 in the event that the BJP regains power at the federal level.

The chief minister was speaking to a crowd in the Jhargram district during a government event.

“If the BJP wins the elections, they may hike the price of a cooking gas cylinder to ₹ 1,500 or ₹ 2,000. Then again, we will have to go back to the old practice of collecting wood to light a fire,” Ms Banerjee said.

She also gave an ultimatum to the BJP-led central government to complete building houses under the Awas Yojana by April-end, claiming that otherwise her government would start constructing them from May.

On Tuesday, Ms Banerjee had set a deadline of April 1 for the central government to complete building houses for the beneficiaries or else her government would build around 11 lakh houses for them.

Referring to her government paying MGNREGA workers their due wages which were allegedly not paid by the BJP-led central government, Ms Banerjee said, “I asked one youth whether he got the money for the 100 days’ work scheme. He said he got around ₹ 30,000. This was the amount that the central government had not paid people like him for the last two years. We have paid 59 lakh people their dues.”

The head of the Trinamool Congress, Shajahan Sheikh, was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting women and stealing land in the Sandeshkhali area of the North 24 Parganas district. The Trinamool Congress supremo, however, said nothing about the arrest. Thursday morning Sheikh was taken into custody.

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