To be held in the House on Nov. 16
The West Bengal government will bring a resolution in the State Assembly against what the Center is doing to increase the power of the Border Security Force. Minister of State for Parliament Partha Chatterjee said the ruling would be based on the 185 federal administrative law.
“The ruling will counteract the increase in BSF areas from 15 to 50 km,” Mr Chatterjee said. The ruling is expected to be presented to the House on November 16.
Our view is that law and order is a matter for the State and the responsibility of the BSF is to oversee the border and this will lead to conflicts between the Center and the State, added the Minister. Considering the power of the Trinamool Congress in the State Assembly, a resolution could easily be passed. Trinamool has a support of 217 MLAs in 294 members’ houses.
BJP MPs are expected to appear in the State Assembly and oppose the election. “Trinamool opposes anything that is in the best interests of the country,” BJP vice-president Dilip Ghosh said.
The Congress government in Punjab on Thursday passed a resolution in the State Assembly against the Center’s announcement to extend the BSF rule. On Friday, three people were killed during a BSF operation to stop cattle smuggling in Cooch Behar state in West Bengal. These deaths sparked a war between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP.
West Bengal shares a 2,216 km border with Bangladesh and is operated by three BSF borders. The southern border of Bengal from the Sunderbans in the south to Malda in the north is the hardest border and 40% of the country’s borders and rivers.
In the past, the Trinamool Congress government has issued laws against the Citizenship Amendment Act and three laws against the Farm Center.