After Congress-ruled Punjab, Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal has become the second state to have such a resolution moved and passed in the Assembly.
State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee moved the motion under Rule 169 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the House. 112 members voted in favor of it, while 63 opposed it.
The resolution said that the House is of the view that increasing the jurisdiction of the BSF is against the federal structure of the country as law and order is a state subject. It said that the notification crosses the provisions of the BSF Act, which will bring up the issue of coordination between the state police and the BSF.
Chatterjee said, “We demand that the decision be withdrawn immediately as expanding the jurisdiction of the BSF is a direct attack on the federal structure of the country.”
“As a force, we are not against BSF anywhere, but there are others who harass people living near the border. This is an attempt by the Center to control a part of the state.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led central government has amended the Border Security Force (BSF) Act to allow search, seizure and arrest within 50 km of the International Border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam instead of 15 km. can do.
Chatterjee wondered if the BSF was unable to stop infiltration and illegal activities within a radius of 15 km, then how would it be able to do so within a radius of 50 km.
There was a ruckus in the House during the speech of Trinamool Congress MLA Udayan Guha. In fact, he accused some BSF personnel of inappropriately touching women in the name of search in the border areas.
“We have seen what kind of atrocities the BSF inflicts on the people,” he said in the House. A girl child, who has seen her mother being touched inappropriately under the cover of a search, can never be a patriot when she returns from the farm, no matter how many times you chant ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ in front of her Why not put These incidents give rise to anti-social elements.
BJP MLAs opposed Guha’s remarks and demanded that it be removed from the records of the House.
Assembly Speaker Viman Banerjee, however, refused to remove Guha’s remarks.
Condemning his statement, BJP MLA Srirupa Mitra Chowdhury said the TMC MLA’s remarks are completely unacceptable and unwanted.
“Such remarks are not only unacceptable but also an insult to our security forces. Security forces are the pride of our nation. These comments reflect the mindset of the Trinamool Congress MLA.
After BJP MLA Mihir Goswami objected to Guha’s remarks, he said that he (Goswami) had fractured one leg and the other would also be broken.
The Speaker condemned the statement and asked both the MLAs to exercise restraint.
Responding to Guha’s allegation, BSF Additional Director General Y B Khuraina later said that BSF women guards have been deployed to search the women in the border areas.
“Such remarks demoralize the force. There are around 2397 women guards in the Eastern Command to search the women at the entry gates.
The BSF officer said that the force has absolutely no tolerance for such acts (search related).
Leader of Opposition Shubhendu Adhikari said the language used against a force like BSF is completely unacceptable.
He said the BJP legislature party would request the Center to expand the BSF’s jurisdiction to 80 km.
The opposition Congress and the Left Front, though not represented in the state assembly, have also opposed the move to increase the jurisdiction of the BSF.
In separate letters to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Left Front President Biman Bose and state Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury have urged her to oppose the Centre’s decision.