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Protest Movement on Indo-Bangladesh border will stop Dhaka-Kolkata train, warns BJP

"The Maitree Express need not run if there is no Maitree (friendship)," said BJP state leader Dilip Ghosh

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  • BJP warned of protest movement on the Indo-Bangladesh border will stop the Dhaka-Kolkata train
  • BJP leaders also ridiculed the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist over their silence on the matter
  • “The Maitree Express need not run if there is no Maitree (friendship),” said Ghosh

Due to increase in killing of Hindus in Bangladesh, BJP on Friday, July 1, warned of protest movement on the Indo-Bangladesh border and will stop the Dhaka-Kolkata train.

“We have had a good relationship with Bangladesh so far but it will remain so as long as the Hindus there live a secured life. If the brutal killings continue we will start movements in the bordering areas of Benapole and Petropole. We will also stop the Maitree Express,” said BJP State (West Bengal) President Dilip Ghosh said at the rally.

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Dilip Ghosh. Image Source: PTI

“The Maitree Express need not run if there is no Maitree (friendship),” said Ghosh adding that a state party delegation will talk to the central leadership for putting pressure on Bangladesh over the issue.

Maitree express. Image Source: TOI
Maitree express. Image Source: TOI

BJP leaders also ridiculed the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist over their silence on the matter.

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Party national secretary Rahul Sinha said, “None of the political parties in Bengal are saying anything. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee should immediately raise the matter with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.” (IANS)

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  • AJ Krish

    How would stopping the train benefit the nation? Dialogues between the countries must be held and a joint initiative must be taken to stop the attacks.

  • Aparna Gupta

    This is quite obvious. If they are not bothered about the killing of Hindus, we have to take a stand.

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The Farmer’s Protest In Delhi Makes The Indian Police Take Severe Steps

The government has allowed police to “brutally beat up” the farmers, said the opposition Congress party.

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Police use water cannons to disperse farmers during a protest demanding better price for their produce on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. VOA

Indian police on Tuesday fired tear gas and water cannons to halt and scatter a march by thousands of protesting farmers heading for the capital New Delhi to demand better prices for their produce.

Reeling from a crash in commodity prices, more than 50,000 farmers from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, a top producer of wheat and cane, blocked part of the main highway to the capital.

They also sought loan waivers, cheaper power and tougher action to get sugar mills to pay dues owed for their cane, as discontent in rural areas turns to anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who faces tough general elections next year.

“Despite our repeated requests, the government has failed to help farmers in any meaningful ways,” a farm leader, Dharmendra Malik, told Reuters by telephone from the protest site.

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Police try to stop farmers during a protest demanding a better price for their produce on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. VOA

“Left with no choice, we’ve decided to march to Delhi to highlight our plight.”

Cash-strapped sugar companies owe cane growers about 135 billion rupees ($1.9 billion) in the current season. Saddled with huge piles of sugar and hit by a fall in prices, mills have said they are unable to pay farmers on time.

“The state government has initiated a number of steps to help farmers, including a clutch of measures to expedite cane payments to growers,” Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told video news agency ANI, a Reuters affiliate.

Mills are struggling to export sugar because of lower global prices, Adityanath said.

Television broadcast images of angry farmers clashing with police and driving their tractors into security barriers, in a protest that disrupted rush-hour traffic.

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Rural areas turns to anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. VOA

Some farmers were injured when police fired tear gas and water cannon to keep protesters from breaking through barricades to reach New Delhi, the site of events to mark the birth anniversary of India’s apostle of non violence, Mahatma Gandhi.

“It’s ironical that the farmers were brutally beaten on the day of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary,” opposition leader Rahul Gandhi said.

Farmers had started trickling into the city late on Monday, prompting authorities to bar gatherings of more than four people.

The government has allowed police to “brutally beat up” the farmers, said the opposition Congress party, which ruled India for most of its 70 years since independence from Britain, before losing power to Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party.

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“Can India’s farmers not come and tell their own government that they are in deep pain?” asked Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Modi’s rural woes have been worsened by a failure to deliver on a promise of tens of millions of jobs for young people that helped him win the largest mandate in three decades in 2014. (VOA)